17 Resources For Writing About Troubled Fictional Characters

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


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Amanda Patterson by Amanda Patterson

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