haxorizer145 asked: Hi, I’m a beginner at writing, I have this prototype for a story that is centered in a mental asylum, however, I have no idea how to get my character’s mental disorder right. My character has Pyromania. I would like to write him in his point of view, with thoughts and things like that. But whenever I write his thoughts it just comes out as “Oh that’s pretty view, it would be prettier with FIRE!” or something like that, I would like some tips regarding this, thank you very much.
Check out This Is a Towel: Mental Disorders for more general tips on writing mental disorders and make sure to read Sordid Fairy Tale: Offensive Mistakes Well-Intentioned Writers Make for great advice on avoiding cliches and offensive stereotypes.
As far as pyromaniacs specifically, I’ve got some links for you. First, check out Wikipedia’s article to get a general overview of pyromania. Sometimes Wikipedia helps, sometimes not so much. Hopefully this will be one of those mercifully helpful times.
Now have some medical science!
You might also appreciate I Am a Pyromaniac, a storyboard forum hosted by Experience Project which collects the thoughts and stories of real pyromaniacs. There are lots of forums hosted by the Experience Project that may help any writer doing research on the human experience. Look those up by topic on their Explore Experiences page (and add your experiences to forums that apply to you to help others!).
One more thing: TVTropes has three fabulous pages on pyromania and pyromaniacs. They are Pyro Maniac, Sliding Scale: Pyromaniac, and Playing With: Pyromaniac. Definitely look into those pages for ideas on how other creators have portrayed pyromania in books and other media.
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