4 pitfalls to avoid when writing about mental illness

Writing characters with mental illnesses can be a challenge. Authors must do some amount of research to be sure they’re representing the experience in a compassionate, honest, and believable way. Here are five things to keep in mind when writing mental illness. 1. Avoid a magical recovery Books and movies about mental illness often end the same … Continue reading 4 pitfalls to avoid when writing about mental illness

Breathe

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder that develops after exposure to a traumatic event, such as child abuse, sexual assault, or a serious car accident. This flash fiction piece is based on a prompt asking me to describe a person with PTSD, as they experience symptoms of the disorder.  In my dream, it … Continue reading Breathe