Tag Archives: psychology

Questions 330: Writing Depressed Characters

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Scott asks: How do you write characters who *really* don’t want to leave the house?

Resources Mentioned:
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever
The Hobbit
Captain’s Holiday

Feedback: Jurassic Park and Cult Mind Control

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Today Rebecca talks genetic sequencing and Jurassic Park, while Caine offers a new resource for understanding cults and mind control.

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Resources Mentioned:
Jurassic Park
Juan Enriquez
Craig Venter
Combating Cult Mind Control, Steve Hassan

Questions 298: Emotions in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“How do you write emotions  in your fiction that are different from what you experience?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Article: “Empathy Depends on a Cool Head As Much As A Warm Heart”
Dick Tracy, the 1990 film
I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman

Questions 295: Brainwashing

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B. asks: “How long is brainwashing effective, and how can it be maintained?”

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
as well as the 1962 and 2004 film adaptations
The Wrong Way Home: Uncovering the Patterns of Cult Behavior in American Society   Arthur J. Deikman, M.D.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
and the film adaptation
Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Gap Cycle

Questions 293: Mental Health in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“Does accurate portrayal of mental illness makes an interesting story?”

The Life of David Gale
House, MD

Stephen King’s Misery (the film)
Misery by Stephen King

Questions 274: All About Horror

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Tristan asks:
“What advice would you give about writing horror?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Complete HP Lovecraft by HP Lovecraft
The Coffee Service by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Alien Quadrilogy
The Shoes I Wore This Morning by J. Daniel Sawyer
Sunday Morning Giraffe, A Lombard Alchemist Tale by J. Daniel Sawyer
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Society of Miserable Bastards by J. Daniel Sawyer
Grimm’s Fairy Tales