The 3 different plots for novels with OCD

Hi! This is just a reminder that although I’m a psychiatrist, this blog is intended to help an author respectfully create a realistic a character with OCD. This is not to diagnose or provide actual advice for actual people with actual OCD. If you are in need of help or find the blog triggering please contact the Crisis Text Line for more support: Text HOME to 741741. Please stay safe.

So, you’ve done the heavy lifting required to write a book with a character with OCD.

You’ve researched the disorder. You know about obsessions and compulsions. You’ve studied the treatment. Hopefully you’ve chatted to a bunch of folks with OCD. You’re committed to writing a moving, poignant, brilliant novel that treats OCD in a respectful way…now, how to go about doing that?

You’ve come to the right place! Let’s dive right in.

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Compulsions: The 6 Things you should know when writing a character with OCD

Hi! This is just a reminder that although I’m a psychiatrist, this blog is intended to help an author respectfully create a realistic a character with OCD. This is not to diagnose or provide actual advice for actual people with actual OCD. If you are in need of help or find the blog triggering please contact the Crisis Text Line for more support: Text HOME to 741741. Please stay safe.

Compulsions: There are two kinds of compulsions you must understand if you’re writing a character with OCD

Compulsions are what most authors think of when writing a character with OCD. The stereotypical character comes to mind who can’t stop washing their hands or adjusts all the apples in the pyramid display.

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Obsessions: 8 things an author must know about obsessions when writing a character with OCD

Hi! This is just a reminder that although I’m a psychiatrist, this blog is intended to help an author respectfully create a realistic a character with OCD. This is not to diagnose or provide actual advice for actual people with actual OCD. If you are in need of help or find the blog triggering please contact the Crisis Text Line for more support: Text HOME to 741741. Please stay safe.

As a reminder, the “O” in OCD stands for obsessive. The “C” stands for compulsive. Obsessions are ugly, ugly thoughts or images that plague a person’s mind.  Compulsions are the urge to do something. Characters can have obsessions only, compulsions only, or, if your characters is like most people with OCD, they will have both.

When authors write OCD, they tend to focus on the compulsions and forget all about the obsessions. But it’s completely possible to have a character with severe OCD who doesn’t wash their hands a lot or check their stove constantly.

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Nuts and Bolts: 8 Things You Must Know to Write a Character with OCD— Please don’t do #3!

Hi! This is just a reminder that although I’m a psychiatrist, this blog is intended to help an author respectfully create a realistic a character with OCD. This is not advice for actual people with actual OCD.

So, you have a character with OCD and you’re trying to figure out how to write them in a realistic and accurate way. You’ve come to the right place!

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How I got an agent

I’ve always been into writing. I filled tons of diaries when I was a kid. Then, when I was a teenager, I filled tons of journals (because diaries weren’t cool anymore). I spent hours writing bad poetry. I wrote articles for imaginary newspapers. I even wrote weird persuasion pieces on random concepts (i.e. a five-page paper on the pros and cons of having two noses.)

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How I got my name

Is Janks your real name?

Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame;

Each to his passion; what’s in a name?

— Helen Hunt Jackson.

How did I get my name? Well, that’s not the name I was born with. You see, in my other life I’m a psychiatrist and it felt a bit confusing having the “doctor me” and the “children’s fantasy writer me” share the same name. (Maybe not so confusing for me, but plenty confusing for my patients and my colleagues).

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