no idea if this paper is GOOD but its DONE
An anthology of short stories by college students
❝Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life just by being part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend hold your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and forever has no end. ❞
Doctor Who AU dark musical comedy in which several companions conspire to kill various versions of the Time Lord who wronged them
And now the six merry murderesses of the Stormcage Containment Facility in their rendition of The Cell Block Tango…
→ The Eighth Doctor and the Bad Wolf fight the Time War side by side (x)
He knows her, somehow. Perhaps he has forgotten, but when she calls him My Doctor, he is certain he will walk with bloody heels until he finds her again.
Her skin is lined with the glow of the vortex; planets move along her blades and bones. It is she who protects him in the front lines of the War, who locks her shield with his against the Meanwhiles and Neverweres and the Could’ve Been King, who follows him into the siege.
President Romana, in all her faith, hands him a weapon, a choice. The Medusa Cascade detonates in cadmium light and leaves his body mangled. She calls him to her, and when he wakes he is new and she has gone.
He could build kingdoms of gold in her honor.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT HOW TO WRITE A DISORDER, NOT JUST ABOUT A DISORDER?
That’s… very hard, because every person is unique, regardless whether they share (a) disorder(s) or not. There’s so many variables that go into how a disorder manifests in a person, which is why even psychologists can be wrong in the first (or other) diagnoses. The mind and psychology is simply not cut and dry. I could tell you how to write a disorder, but that just wouldn’t do the disorder in itself justice, and it would only be one way to write said disorder. That’s why I always give people the diagnostic criteria unless I’m given specific situational context (like temperament, childhood environment, current environment, motivation, interests, interpersonal behaviour and/or experience, etc), because other than that, there’s not much else I can do.
The way I personally write something I don’t have first-hand experience in is to first research clinical information or information of people who do have first-hand experience, and then just let the character tell me how it manifests for them (meaning, you can get reactions you didn’t anticipate but feel natural for the character, and afterwards you realise it’s because of a certain thing in their personality).
WHAT ARE EASY TRAPS TO FALL INTO WHEN WRITING MENTAL DISORDERS?
Popular culture, caricatures, backpack-disorders, tearjerking, that stuff.
- There’s hardly any representations in popular culture (Hollywood specifically) that I can attest to doing justice to a disorder.
- Many people end up making caricatures of the disorder of their choice without even realising it (a schizophrenic who wants to kill everyone because the “voices told them to”).
- People who write their character’s disorder only when it’s convenient and when it’s inconvenient the character display no symptoms even when symptoms should be displayed.
- Then the tearjerking, giving a character a mental disorder for no other reason than to garner sympathy.
These are largely the things I take offence in when it comes to the portrayal in mental disorders, and you should really, really avoid in writing. If you can write a character with psychological issues without slapping a diagnosis onto it, do it. Hell, even if your character fulfils all the criteria for the diagnosis of a disorder, there’s no reason you should slap on a diagnosis just because criteria are fulfilled.
People are usually so very petrified to portray mental disorders because they don’t know exactly what they can potentially do wrong, and end up not doing it, which means mental illness remains invisible. The reason people are petrified is also because the bad representation of mental illnesses of other people/writers that saturate the global writing community makes it harder for those who genuinely want to do right by these things.
"… I miss her…" — Haruka Tenoh
"How was that sentence going to end?"
the worst thing about speaking two languages is trying to use an expression from one language that fits perfectly into your conversation but the other person won’t get it
Things I love | Tea
"you write so beautifully
the inside of your mind
must be a terrible place.”
no. fuck you. stop with the tormented writer trope. you don’t have to be messed up or have had a terrible childhood to write good. you don’t have to be suffering 24/7 and hate society and smoke and drink and become an ogre no one will want to be around of to think critically and create wonderful stories. you don’t have to have lived death to describe how soul-ripping it is.
having a “terrible place of a mind” isn’t something to be praised or desired or romanticized. do not glorify being “tormented”. if you happen to be whatever kind of tormented (mentally ill, most likely) and writing is a coping mechanism for you, I’m glad you found it and I encourage you to continue!! but it is not a requirement!!!