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Diversity in Fiction: Including the Mentally Ill

It’s always important to remember that in real life no two people are exactly the same so why should your characters be. Creating diverse populations in your book is important and remembering not to stereotype even more so.
I think this article displays fantastically the challenges a writer faces when trying to create realistic characters.

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Guest Author – Katie De Long

People are a mess of neural connections and impressions, and that can make it really daunting to write a convincing character, let alone a realistic mental illness. Mental illnesses, and neurodivergence can affect the way that we form those impressions, and the way that we receive them, too.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on her first novel ‘Darkened Daughter’ and attempting to put together a collection of poetry in the hopes of submitting to publication in 2020. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers here on Writing and Works.

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