One of my favorite writers, and teachers, on writing, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, recently dug up a link to an ancient essay on writers that she had loitering about in her garage. ;-D
Behold the writer! Murderer. Thief. Cannibal. Burglar. Worse?
As Dinitia Smith writes, in her essay:
Some have argued that all writing is an act of betrayal or aggression. Indeed, writing often involves an invasion, a theft, an exposure of something private, and the issue of a writer's right to use the lives of real people in his work has always been debated.
Read the whole thing: Writers as Plunderers; Why Do They Keep Giving Away Other People's Secrets?