Hana asks Ana for assistance after getting stuck halfway through her second scary story. Ana reads the excerpt aloud and the discussion goes into an exploration of anxiety, gaslighting, what it means to have mental health challenges, and how to write those aspects of a story responsibly. Ana helps Hana brainstorm some potential paths to end the story that hopefully avoid caricature, stereotyping, and other lazy but common tropes.
Originally recorded on November 8, 2020.
Written piece to follow in Episode 13, The Pen Is…Putting a Story to Bed