It has been awhile since I have been writing. I have been going through ups and downs lately and after speaking with my grandmother, she wants me to write a book about my family. Looking into the idea I think it would be excellent because of the happenings and characters in my family. However I need some advice...maybe a lot. I do not know if writing about my family will hurt their reputation because they are still alive. I could alter situations and names and make it appear fictional. I do not know where to start. I do want to be in first person, telling to story to the audience. I also do have an idea of where I want to start. I could say this is a post of in desperate need of encouragement. Have any of you done something like this before and what is your advice? I do want to start the book when I was in kindergarden, when I moved into a new town. It really is how this all began and how it still continues. But really it is not just about my family, more about myself and my other siblings living in the household we grew up in. We were not the family where neighbors would invite us to block parties or anything. I kind of see myself as Carrie from Stephen King's novel, except no psychotic religious mother or parental figures and no telekinesis; instead feeling alone, abandoned and mis-understood.