Sifting the wash of the internet.
Your Characters Aren’t Made of Stone
You often hear about how mental illness is being overused or somehow romanticized in literature these days, and even though I can’t actually disagree with that, I don’t think it’s something wrong to write about.
But I’ve seen many writers go through an amazing plot with well developed characters just to fall into the trap of the consequences of those conflicts and whatever happened in them, especially in a series of books. Characters suffer just as much as real people, and they are going to suffer from everything that you put into their lives. Sometimes they change for good, sometimes they change for bad.
And as a disclaimer, let me just add that I do not support any kind of good word about mental illness because if you suffer from it you should get help and it should not become something people seek just because they think it’s cool. Romanticizing mental illness is something I dislike and it’s very offensive to a lot of people, and you shouldn’t do it. It’s not something pretty or trendy. This stuff is serious.
Dealing with tragic events isn’t something easy, simple or fast. Remember to give it some thought, because it will define what type of character you’re writing and how the reader sees him/her. How will a funeral, for example, affect your MC? Will she/he even attend it and if not, what does this say about him/her?
Dealing with Trauma
- How Crime Victims React to Trauma
- The 5 Stages of Loss and Grief
- Emotional and Psychological Trauma
- Dealing with Traumatic Events
- Intensive Trauma Therapy (ITT)
- Biological & Psychological Effects After the Death of a Spouse
- Grief: Coping with the Death of a Loved One
- On Writing: Showing Trauma
- Working With Sexual Trauma Survivors: What Do You Do?
- Fictional Therapy Session How-To
- Differences Between a Therapist and a Psychologist
- How to Suggest Someone See a Therapist
- How to Persuade Your Loved One to Seek Professional Help
- How To Approach Someone You Care About [PDF]
- MASTERPOST: How To Deal With Mental Ilness
- A Guide to Depression
- Teens and Major Depression
- A Guide on Stockholm Syndrome
- The long-term medical consequences of childhood trauma
- What is Social Anxiety?
Anonymous said: Who are you getting your Ferguson information from? I'm having problems verifying what's actually happening!
That’s actually what’s taking me so long to update some of my posts; not only is the information surfacing slowly about his case specifically, but I make sure to cross reference at least three sources because some people are just blatantly lying to stir shit up.
Also live feeds keep going down and new ones pop back up but I know some of you are sensitive to video, so
Here’s a list of some twitter handles:
Journalists (All of these are either on the ground in Ferguson as I type this or actively covering events in Ferguson, both Brown’s case and the rallies):
- Amanda M Sakuma
- Scott Olson
- Kerry Picket
- Lisa Brown
- Alice Speri
- Tim Pool
- Claire Ward
- Christopher Hayes
- Greg Thomas
- Zellie Imani
- Cherrell Brown
- Elon James White
- Maria Chappell Nadal
- Miss Angela Davis
- Edward [American Flag tshirt with the tear gas canister]
Instagram Accounts: (TW: Some of these accounts feature graphic video or images of Ferguson events)
- The People’s Record
- Female Villian
- The Political Freakshow
- Pax Americana
- Im Not Havin’ It
- Securely Insecure
- Olitz Me
- Narcileptic Narcissus
- I Write About Feminism
- Optical Dispersion
I’m sure I forgot a bunch but here’s a start. I’ll update it periodically and reblog. Some of it is compilations from a bunch of sources, some is original content. Disclaimer: I’m not vouching for any other content on any of these blogs/twitters/instagrams or any that may be posted after this list but as of right now, the information regarding Ferguson and discussions taking place about the rallies/police and Mike Brown’s death seems accurate.
if you want to be included on any of these lists, shoot me a message with your web-address and I’ll check it out
You will find everything I’ve posted under tagged/ferguson, tagged/police-brutality or tagged/michael-brown
updated and combined.