I took a suggestion from this page and I’m going to talk to you about something I am – a writer.
I am not a professional writer. I don’t make money by composing my thoughts into the written word. I am one of the 85% of unemployed and underemployed (I fit the latter category). I am overqualified for my actual occupation, but I hope to change that one day.
Autistic people are writers. We are a very diverse group within ourselves. I know several autistic people who are published. Some write about autism, some do not.
You will not find my name in print. That doesn’t make me any less of a writer.
I am a blogger.
I write fanfiction.
I have participated (and won!) NaNoWrimo two years in a row.
I have things to say.
Writing isn’t always easy for me. People of all neurotypes talk about writer’s block, and I experience that a lot. I also experience a lot of frustration when I am not having difficulty knowing where to go with something I’m writing, but getting the words from my head to the paper, because sometimes? I literally forget what word I’m trying to use. Or I will use a word that sounds similar to the one I’m aiming for, but is different.
But in the end, the effort is worth it. Completing a story, a poem, a blog post that means something to people is worth the frustration. It really is.
I am the author of my own story, and mine alone. My perspective matters.
Autistic people are writers, and I’m proud to be one of them.