if you ever get writer’s block when writing sheith fics, strategically place a copy of @drisrt’s art next to your work desk. it’s a constant source of inspiration tbh and always gives me strength to keep on writing ❤️
FANFICTION IS A CREATIVE OUTLET FOR PEOPLE!!! IT DOES NOT EFFECT CANON AND DOESNT EVEN HAVE TO MAKE SENSE!!! A WICKED/POKEMON CROSSOVER??? WHY THE HECK NOT!!! BE FREE MY BIRDS!!! NOT A VERY GOOD WRITER AT ANGST OR JUST WANT SOME DUMB FLUFF OR WHATEVER??? SURE! DO THAT! I MIGHT NOT LIKE IT BUT ITS MY CHOICE NOT TO READ IT!!
JUST HAVE FUN AND WRITE WHAT YOU WANT!! IF IT SUCKS OR DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO THE PLOT! FUCK IT!
As someone who's autistic, what advice could you give to someone who itsn't autistic, attempting to write one?
a hobby of mine is looking at other people and trying to guess their life. the breakdown is usually as follows: routine, personal appearance, mannerisms, and interpersonal interactions. since autism is a spectrum, they can place all over the board, so maybe compare my answers to a few others so you can find what best suits the character and storyline.
routine - change is hard, okay? like…. really hard. so most auties have some semblance of a routine bc it keeps things simple and it’s calming. sometimes the whole day is planned (breakfast, work, stop at the park, home) and sometimes there’s a lot of variables so only One Thing is constant (only This for lunch)
a simple “as usual” when describing an action is gr8 at the start, and if The Plot wrecks this character’s routine, make it clear they’re anxious. some auties have serious meltdowns, and some will just be slightly on edge.
personal appearance - this can be part of the routine (wearing a specific “uniform” of sorts), but this can also hint towards sensory stimming or a special interest. a lot of auties prefer soft and heavy clothing (sweatshirts are gr8) and simplistic hairstyles that don’t require a lot of maintenance (braids and messy buns are common) and younger ones tend to have hair that’s down and slightly unkempt.
fidgeting is v common, so if your character has hoodie strings or loose garments, they’re probably messing with them. chewing on clothes is also common! ik it’s gross but I never see that in fiction.
mannerisms - this is really where a lot people will decide “yep that’s autism”. do they touch or avoid everything? are they really loud or really quiet? nervous ball of energy or completely stoic like a statue? what about hand gestures (flapping, flicking, heck even sign language)? vocal stims (humming, singing, repeating words/phrases to themself)? auties tend to be one extreme or the other, but keep in mind stims are mainly for coping so they might escalate when stress is high.
a lot of these ~quirks~ aren’t pretty so please be mindful when presenting them. I’d appreciate knowing the character’s stims are seen as lovable rather than annoying. also keep in mind that auties are often self-conscious so we may try not to stim in front of certain ppl, which can lead to Sensory Hell (everything is A Lot, too bright, too loud, too much touching me, aaaaaaaaaaaa). a shutdown (quiet and internalised) or meltdown (there’s usually crying) quickly follows.
interpersonal interactions - auties tend to have 0-2 friends, but usually they’re really close. while auties are more literal, some do understand jokes and a lot are really good with puns. in new scenarios, we have “scripts”, which are taken from what we’ve seen in movies or other people, that we try to match. sometimes this works great, sometimes not. facial cues aren’t our strong point, so eye contact is either hit or miss and we may smile at the wrong times or not know another person is being sarcastic or mean.
a common trope is that autistics are distant and cold, which is sometimes true but it’s overused and a negative stereotype, so maybe have a different character be the moody one. instead of distant and cold, maybe your character infodumps about their special interest as a way of bonding. also note that depending on where this character falls on the spectrum, they may not “act autistic” or they may be “highly autistic”. avoid saying stuff like that, as well as “mild autism”. sometimes ppl need a little more help!! and there’s nothing wrong with that!!
writing an autistic character shouldn’t be that different from writing an allistic one. it’s okay to mold your character after a couple auties you personally know, and it’s okay to have a few stereotypical behaviours (like trains as a special interest) so long as they aren’t exaggerated or the focal point. as auties are marginalised, keep from comparing them to aliens or robots or animals or otherwise Other (if your story is about anthropomorphic space robots, please disregard). endear the character to at least some other characters in the story and to the reader, but don’t present them as acting younger than they are (grown men with fidget toys are still adults, not kiddies!).
check out the #actuallyautistic tag for some more ideas and you can always read works written abt auties by auties online (searching ”autistic” on ao3 for example). hope this was some help nonny!
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YOU GUYS, I REDID THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SPELLING TEST WITH MY KIDLETS TODAY, AND SINCE WEEK ONE OF LAST TERM, ONE OF THEM HAS GONE UP AN ENTIRE YEAR IN SPELLING AGE, AND INSTEAD OF BEING IN THE CRITICALLY LOW RANGE, SHE’S NOW IN THE AVERAGE RANGE BY 3 WHOLE MARKS, AND I AM SO FREAKING PROUD OF HER!