How to Write Autistic Characters: An Incomplete Guide

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 2 minute read

You care about writing diversely. You know how important it is to have accurate representation in your stories. You want to include characters whose experience is outside of yours.

It’s easy to find examples of writing gone wrong, but where do you start to get it right?

Begin right here with the third book in Salt & Sage’s new writing craft series: How to Write Autistic Characters: An Incomplete Guide.

Written by autistic editors and readers in their own voices, this e-book is an affordable, accessible primer for topics like common stereotypes, associated conditions, stimming, and the harmful “cure” mindset.

Each brief section points the reader toward resources for further study, including links to AVEN, online articles, and a list of books that feature autistic characters.

What Incomplete Guides are not:

- a long, comprehensive text

-a claim to speak for the opinions and experience of all people within that community

-a replacement for individualized sensitivity reading

Incomplete Guides are just that: incomplete. Cultures are not monoliths, and no one person can represent every individual or anticipate every concern. No one book or perspective can reflect the diverse experiences of autistic people, nor should you use this as your only guide. We strongly encourage you to hire a sensitivity reader (or several!), to listen to autistic voices, and to extensively read #ownvoices books by autistic authors.

What Incomplete Guides are:

-an affordable starting point for creatives new to sensitivity reading

-an accessible resource for further personal research

-expert insights given in Sages’ own voices

These Guides can help you identify some of the most common issues our sensitivity readers address as you consider new projects, revise current works, or want to prep your piece for a more comprehensive, customized sensitivity edit.

Our Incomplete Guides are by no means exhaustive–but they are a great place to start.

Pre-order here! How to Write Autistic Characters: An Incomplete Guide

A note about attribution: We allow our contractors to choose what they share publicly through our company. Neurodiverse creatives are all too familiar with trolls and doxxers who wish them harm. While all of our contractors are proud of their contributions to this guide, some are understandably wary of putting their name on a body of work that could invite that kind of reaction from those who aren’t receptive to its message. We support the authors in their decisions regarding public attribution.

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