My computer won’t let me add comments or tags right now. That or Tumblr is being buggy, not sure. Anyways
Really people? I see complaining everywhere about representation and thencomplaining when someone tries to make diverse characters. Yes, bipolar issues are horrible to have to deal with, and they have the potential to tear everything apart, but it isn’t always a crutch for making them unique or special. If someone wants to make a bipolar character, and is willing to put the effort to make them real, freaking let them. Everybody has to gripe about what other people choose to do with their lives and their characters and it is sickening. This person even wants to make sure they don’t spread misinformation by depicting it wrong and they get crap for it. I would love to see some characters that are put in an admirable or desirable light with mental disorders, because a bipolar person can be a great person.
I’m getting really sick of all of Tumblr’s double standards. Anyone who gets ticked off reading this, just understand this: You CANNOT have any level of equal representation in any area without allowing people to make characters that can accurately represent those areas. And people will make mistakes before getting them right, especially if they are not personally experiencing the situation themselves. Whether it is a mental disorder, a gender identity, sexual orientation, prejudice, etc. When these people get ripped into for trying something new to them, it is discouraging, and you never know who could write the next best seller with a character new to the realm of accepted identities. Yes, these are tropes that are overused and misused, that is certainly true. But that doesn’t mean that every character that is created with a different attribute is bad. And people should never be shamed for trying to do things right and asking for advice. It is how people learn.
And I say if you want to write a character with any issue, whether it be abandonment issues, mental issues, health, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. Just go for it. Shoot for the fucking stars. BUT. Do your research. You always want a character to be believable and relatable. Give them weaknesses too. An overpowered character gets old fast, and try to avoid having everybody unconditionally love them. Keep it realistic to how real relationships work (not just love interests, family, friends, acquaintances, enemies, rivals, you name it). Remember that protagonist does not necessarily mean good or benevolent and protagonist does not necessarily mean bad or malevolent. Make interesting characters, boring characters, ugly characters, beautiful characters. Make characters with physical disabilities. Make inspirational characters and make draining, toxic, demotivational characters.
Write a story the way you want it, with the characters you want, in the situation you want. It is your story, for you. Ask for advice in grammar, or ask for advice in character building if you want to improve. But have fun with it. If you aren’t having fun with what you are doing, why continue?
A note though, if you write fanfiction, please, for the love of Pluto, please keep canon characters’ personalities intact unless it is a trollfic, a comedic fic, or pairing fic. I have seen terrifying things done to characters, they become the image of the character and nothing more. These are not your characters, and adding things to them is sorta like recoloring characters.
And if you utilize a canon setting, you gotta research. Learn how the place works (Hogwarts for example, it has a layout, uniforms, rules, etc. Understand them before writing a story based in Hogwarts)