67 Posts So Far! 100+ Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors share personal stories about depression, PTSD for #HoldOnToTheLight

You know their books. Now discover their stories. Over 100 of your favorite science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal romance and YA authors are sharing their personal struggles with depression, anxiety, suicide, domestic violence, PTSD and other mental health issues for #HoldOnToTheLight.

You can find the links to the first 67 posts below (helpfully done up as cut-and-paste-ready tweets for you to share!)

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

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100+ Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors Blog About Suicide, Depression, PTSD—a #HoldOnToTheLight Update by Gail Z. Martin

More than 100 authors are now part of the #HoldOnToTheLight conversation! Our authors span the globe, from the US to the UK to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Even more exciting is that as the campaign picks up traction and visibility, more authors want to join, meaning a growing, vibrant dialog about mental wellness and coping with mental illness.

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

We’ve also been talking with conventions to encourage them to […]

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Making Money Mondays – Mental Health & Money

I’m writing this on Thursday, March 31, less than 24 hours after learning that a writer I knew and liked, Logan Masterson, lost his long battle with depression and took his own life. I’m writing this while the wound is still fresh, and I’ll schedule it to publish on Monday without edits, without polish, without the things that make a blog post “professional.” If I get the commas in the right zip code and spell everything right, we’ll call it good.

I’m taking a break from telling you how to make a living as a writer to make sure you understand how to live as a writer.

Take a second and read that again. No, really, do it. It too me three tries to write that line the way I wanted it to look and sound, give me a little more of your time and read it again.

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Coming Out Of The Dark

January is never my favorite month. The holidays are over, so all the pretty decorations are gone. It’s cold and damp and there’s not anything in particular to look forward to. So my mood tends to drop pretty badly in January. Most of the time I can tough my way through to spring, but this year was hard. We lost David Bowie and Alan Rickman (and now Glenn Frey, because damn.) A family member of mine has suffered a loss, and I’m dealing with an unpleasant work environment. So I was not at all strong when I ran across an article about an upcoming book that sounds very nearly like the one I already wrote. Coming from my publisher, too. I crashed into an emotional wall. Did that author steal from me? Are there enough similarities for me to complain? Is there anything I could do? Would it even matter? […]

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The Silence

Every now and then, I drop in to Neil Gaiman’s site to see where he’s travelling and what he’s thinking about. A few days ago, Neil quoted from science fiction author Samuel R. Delaney’s letters:

“Writers are people who write. By and large, they are not happy people. They’re not good at relationships. Often they’re drunks. And writing — good writing — does not get easier and easier with practice. It gets harder and harder — so eventually the writer must stall out into silence.The silence that waits for every writer and that, inevitably, if only with death (if we’re lucky the two may happen at the same time: but they are still two, and their coincidence is rare), the writer must fall into, is angst-ridden and terrifying – and often drives us mad. ”

He seems to be of the opinion that good writing only comes from a deep […]

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