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Dear Writers and Would-be Writers:

Please stop using $CONVENIENT_MENTAL_ILLNESS for the following purposes:

- To explain your character's seemingly (or actually) irrational actions.
- To substitute for character development; a personality disorder is not the same thing as a personality.
- To give your character an excuse to be "locked up" for a good long time, which in most modern settings is highly unlikely anyway.
- To create a character who is violent towards other people; seriously, can we get OVER that stereotype already? (FYI: people with any mental illness other than perhaps Antisocial Personality Disorder are more likely to be victims of violence than instigators. Just sayin'...)
- To be a false "diagnosis" of your Special Snowflake character who knows or feels or experiences things most Mere Mortals cannot, in order for you to go on a thinly veiled anti-psychiatry rant.
- To show off how understanding you are about "invisible handicaps" that other less enlightened people Just Don't Want To Understand.

Just...STOP.

No love,

The spouse of a person who lives with, but is not defined by, bipolar disorder (aka the most convenient mental illness of all for would-be angsty writer types).

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lovefromgirl
Jun. 17th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
O.o

Where... no, I don't want to know. Would probably vomit.

Just. So sorry you had to run across that crap.

-- a writer who will make darn sure her students understand this lesson when she teaches.
cheshire23
Jun. 17th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
The trouble is, it wasn't just once. It's very much become a recurring trend.
lovefromgirl
Jun. 17th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Amateur, published, or both?
cheshire23
Jun. 18th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Some of each, but mostly amateur, thankfully. *gah*
lovefromgirl
Jun. 19th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Praise the muses and pass the red ink, says I.

Will writing "FAIL" across the top of a manuscript, and only that, get me fired from an editing agency? ;-)
chaoticgoodnik
Jun. 18th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, so you just read Evil for Evil also? (Fails on points 1, 2, and 4; extra helping of fail for there being no apparent reason to actually add this character as a secondary villain.)
cheshire23
Jun. 18th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
No, but thanks for warning me away. :P
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