How to Write Autistic Characters Pt. 2

Welcome to the second post in my How to Write [Blank] series! Here we’ll be finishing up looking at writing autistic characters. This is by no means a complete list of every little thing to look at — I really strongly encourage doing your own research, especially looking at the links I’ll stick at the end of this.

In the last post, I started going over more specific aspects of autism you’ll want to look at when writing an autistic character and you definitely should look at it here if you haven’t already read it.

In this post, I’ll go over special interests, the necessity of a routine, learning differences, and audio processing. I’m also going to have a section at the end about stereotypes and resources for you to read for more information on being autistic. Again, I’m quoting and referencing the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and their basic list of autistic traits here.

But let’s get right to it!

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How to Write Autistic Characters Pt. 1

Welcome to the first installment of my new mini-series, How to Write [Blank]. In this series, I’m covering a number of topics that I, in my person research, haven’t found a ton of in-depth resources for and/or feel like I could add my own two cents. As you can guess from the title of this post, today we’re going to start looking at autistic characters.

Now, the first part of writing any character whether they be neurodivergent (that is to say, not neurotypical or not being considered “normal” societally) or LGBTQ+ is to know what makes them that. For autism, I’ll be using the definition from the Autism Self Advocacy Network (or ASAN):

“Autism is a neurological variation that occurs in about one percent of the population and is classified as a developmental disability… The terms “Autistic” and “autism spectrum” often are used to refer inclusively to people who have an official diagnosis on the autism spectrum or who self-identify with the Autistic community. While all Autistics are as unique as any other human beings, they share some characteristics typical of autism in common.”

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