Hi! You all were so helpful with the other threads I posted so I'm hoping I can get some more help on a much more trickier subject: writing characters that are slowly becoming mentally insane. In my work of fiction, I plan for anyone with magical powers to have this need to compete that is so strong that if they ignore it, it slowly and painfully drives them completely insane. It's treatable, which is why they all enter a competition every year that the government puts on just so they have an outlet for their disease. Okay. So nevermind that my disease needs A LOT more work. I know that. What I don't know is how to even start my novel because if my character is indeed going crazy, how does one interject the signs of that into the story? I know it will be easier to write it once I've got the details of my disease down, but generally speaking, what are mannarisms of someone who's slowly going insane. I searched the threads in this forum and the only one I saw was for a character who was already too far gone to save. My character is still normal and able to function, but it does affect her life. Anyway, ask any questions or clarifications and I'll try to answer it to the best of my ability, but I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thank you!