How to make my character less similar to my real friend?
Question: I have a secondary character who is based on one of my real friends. I start to see this as a problem because recently I decide to not to write under an alias (which I believed for a long time that I will), and I felt kind of panicked because I don't want others to think this character is her when it is published (if it will ever going to be published), since the character isn't really her, despite some similarities.
To be honest, the character is not really based on that friend, but rather a combination of she and my other friends, but the relationship the character had with my protagonist is majorly based on my relationship with her. In this book, the character reveals some bad childhood memories (like being bullied, parents divorced,etc.), which is completely fictional and has nothing to do with her. I don't want other people to attribute these things to her and to ruin our friendship. Although the character is likable and there isn't a single bad thing about her, I still don't want other people to be confused with reality and fiction.
The character is in fact not as similar with my friend as she seems to be. They have different names and their personalities and experiences isn't so similar, but taken the fact that they're both introverted but athletic, and both talked to and become friends with me/my protagonist when we were outcasts, it is very easy to make other people think that this character is her. I've already altered a lot of details, and I tried not to make them so similar if possible, but still there's a few things that is too hard to change, like the similar friendship with me/my protagonist. What should I do to make them not to look so similar? Or is that okay and it is only me who worries too much?Answer:
Yes, I think you're worrying too much. Since you've made the character different in many ways from the person who originally inspired her, it should be obvious they are different people.
A few similarities do not matter. Every writer based characters to some extent on people they know or facets of themselves.