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The Psychology of Writing: Character Development and Sadness



From The Lion King to The Lord of the Rings, every great story features characters that experience sadness. Grief is a natural part of the human condition, and learning to write sadness believably is an integral part of developing a fleshed-out character. Like anger, which we discussed previously, sadness often falls prey to melodrama. A better understanding of sadness—its causes and symptoms—can help writers (like you) develop sadness in a character without resorting to unrealistic melodrama.

So, in today’s post, let’s talk about:

  • What causes sadness
  • Physical signs of sadness
  • Internal sensations of sadness
  • Mental responses to sadness
  • Cues of long-term sadness
  • Signs of suppressed sadness

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Being yelled at and having to exile yourself because of your disorders is not fun, kids. Get diagnosed young while you still have hope.


Never fuck with someone who cries when they’re mad. They’ll stab you 48 times and cry in your stab wounds.