Using Fiction to “Show” instead of “Tell”

Telling stories is important. Stories help others understand what it’s like to be on the inside of a particular situation, issue or problem. Stories “show” rather than “tell” and sometimes I like to write “showing” posts rather than “telling” posts.

True stories have one major downfall: they’re personal. In many cases, personal information should be kept confidential to protect the privacy of all involved.

My solution to this problem is to write fiction. None of the characters in my online stories are real people. Instead, they’re collective fictional representations of the many stories I’ve heard from the many real people I’ve interacted with in my life and work. No character is intended to represent any one actual person. There’s no need: the stories people who live in families with autism tell are generally fairly similar. My fiction shares their experiences in a way I hope others can understand and resonate with.

I hope you enjoy!

You can read some of my stories at these links:

Stephanie’s Story of Trying to Parent as a Team
The Therapist Who Understood Autism in Adults

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