This is one of the most common questions I'm asked.
Here's the answer.
Yes, and you should. But don't make it about yourself.
Your novel starts with you, yourself, and ends without you.
“All fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of course, fiction.” P.D. James.
“The Coetzee who emerges from an informed reading of his papers is very different author from the one we thought we knew. Most surprisingly, his writing process turns out to be highly autobiographical, at least in its points of departure. It then involves a gradual, but determined process of writing himself out of the narratives, a ‘burning off of the self’ as it were.” David Attwell.
Why? And how?
Writing is, and I'm not ashamed to say it, the deepest form of therapy, treatment or self-doctoring not on the market.
It's like this:
A story starts with your recognition of your own deepest concern combined with your inability to...