Goodness Is Something That Blazes

I prefer villains – I really do. When I write good people, it’s so easy to get frozen up before I write anything. It’s easy to feel the pressure that a good character can’t make a mistake – any little thing they say or do could make readers stop liking them.

I think this is more common for autistic people than we admit. So many of us are natural rule-followers. So many of us learn from an early age, either through therapy or through social pressure and our own attempts at figuring out how the world works, that life is full of rules that don’t instinctively make sense to us, and we have to follow them, because people who don’t follow them are horrible. Also the rules are always changing. Also neurotypical people won’t always tell you what they are…

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