S6, E107: Writing Characters With Mental Illness


Today we’re digging into a deep topic, namely how (and how not) to write characters who have mental illness in your stories! Fair warning, this one is a RIDICULOUSLY LONG one! Sorry!

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Writing Characters With Mental Illness

  • What is a mental illness?
  • Why does it matter if you do it “right” in fiction?
  • What are some ways fiction often gets mental illness wrong
  • Some examples of problematic depictions of mental illness
  • How to do it right
  • Examples of great depictions of mental illness

Crap Ton of Resources!