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Autism and writing what you know

I give a writing craft workshop called Write What Your Family Knows. The concept is partly about research, partly about a writer’s life. By mining my family’s interests or careers, I have instant access to a (mostly) inexhaustible source of expert information.

Do I want an alpha hero? Little brother is an Army retiree. Do I need a teen character to have a fun hobby? Just say “anime” to my baby girl, and I’m her captive audience for hours. These conversations are two-for-one; I get fabulous research and an opportunity to involve my family in my writing.

But here comes the tricky part. There is an ethical dilemma when using what my friends or family knows. Have they revealed something they might later regret if it appears in a book? Might readers assume that a character’s fictional belief or behavior belongs to one of my loved ones?

Which brings me to…autism.

Alert! Alert! Only Four Weeks of Summer Remain!

I just checked: there are four weeks left in summer.

I’m not talking about official summer. (That ends September 22). I’m talking about school-year summer, the time when the kids are sitting next to you doing Legos (instead of being in school) while you try to write a blog post. (Oh, hai). Then they want to actually, you know, DO stuff with you. 

And you want to “do stuff” with them, too. That’s part of why you had kids, right? So you could sit in the bleachers and watch them solve a Rubik’s cube in 45 seconds flat?

Holiday Novels—A Boost to Your Spirit

Would you believe I saw a Christmas commercial before Halloween this year?  I remember a time (back in the Jurassic era) when department stores waited until the day after Thanksgiving to unveil the decorations for the holiday season.  If you don’t, you’re probably younger than I prefer to admit being.

Tune In, Auntie Em: FAQs for the Writer’s Family

Over the last month, our blog posts have targeted unpublished authors who want to enter the Golden Heart.

Not this post.  Today I’m addressing our families.

Living with a writer can be a tough job.  We are odd creatures.  We do things that would get other people locked up—like hearing voices.  Sobbing randomly.  Plotting murder.

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