17 Resources For Writing About Troubled Fictional Characters

17 Resources For Writing About Troubled Fictional Characters

Writers Write is a resource for writers. Use these 17 resources for writing about troubled fictional characters.

If you want to write about troubled fictional characters, with mental health issues, we encourage you to research the subject thoroughly and approach experts in the field before you do.

World Mental Health Day is on 10 October every year. The objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health. [The theme for 2016 is Psychological First Aid]

According to MentalHealth.gov:

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  1. Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  2. Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  3. Family history of mental health problems”

We are not experts on this subject, but we do have resources and articles on the site that you may find helpful when creating troubled characters in fiction.

17 Resources For Writing About Troubled Fictional Characters

  1. When Crazy Is Good – 9 Good Reasons For Your Character’s Bad Behaviour
  2. Mental Illness – Writing Resource
  3. 9 Famous Anti-Social Fictional Characters
  4. Personality Disorders – A Writer’s Resource
  5. Shades of Emotion – Creating Characters
  6. Types of Love – Creating Characters
  7. Universal Needs – Creating Characters
  8. Psychopath Or Sociopath – What’s The Difference?
  9. Writing About Characters With Phobias
  10. 37 Ways To Write About Anger
  11. 9 Famous Fictional Narcissistic Mothers – And How To Write About Them
  12. How To Get Your Reader To Identify With An Unsympathetic Character
  13. The 15 Most Memorable Mothers in Literature
  14. 15 Fascinating Fathers From Fiction
  15. What Is Love? 12 Literary Couples Whose Love Will Last
  16. 9 Ways to Make Readers Care for an Amoral Protagonist
  17. The 10 Secrets Of Resilient Characters


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Amanda Patterson by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 10th October 2016