Yesterday, I tweeted about the tendency for inexperienced writers to explain away their characters' traits or abilities with mental illness.
Like I said in the thread, this is not what I would call ~best practices~ for a number of reasons (which I'm not going to cover again, but the threads are linked above!), and often, this is the path writers choose because they simply aren't equipped to flesh out the backstory necessary to support the character's traits and choices.
So, where do we start?
Writing processes are so incredibly personalized -- gather ten writers in a room, and you'll hear ten different systems for weaving words into stories. Since the act of creating is an intersection of personality, executive function, imagination, and learning style, this comes as no surprise to anyone with an understanding of human nature. (Not to mention, why it can be so difficult for writers to find methods and processes to work for them -- often, personality, executive function, and learning style can contradict one another, leaving people such as myself frustrated. But more on that another day!)
I had a busy schedule yesterday.