This one's earned a place in the pantheon of my sick and twisted horror folder- second-place winner of the sure shots contest . Give it a read if you've got the time and let me know if you've got suggestions for improvement...
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say a LOT of my characters are based upon people I know, either loosely or not so loosely. Some of these characters may not always be portrayed in the most flattering ways, or they may not be likable at all, but they're authentic and meaty enough that softening them up would be detrimental to the story. It would make them shallow and unrelatable.
At some point, someone you know is gonna read what you've written and recognize themselves. At some point, they may not love what they read. (Or maybe they'll be flattered, but obviously that's kind of a non-issue.)
So the question is, how do you guys smooth this over with your family, friends, acquaintances, whomever? I'm not sure just telling them not to take it personally would be adequate for everyone.
Oh and by the way, thanks for being wonderful, WDC people. You guys are the best.