Pride Month Series: Cold Shower

Behind the scenes of Lonely Desert Girl Episode 2

Cover of Ep. 2 of Lonely Desert Girl, pastel colors with a shower hose at the top and a bar of soap.
Lonely Desert Girl by Tas Kronby ⓒ 2022

Our new pride month series on Kindle Vella has heated up or cooled down, so to say, in Lonely Desert Girl Episode 2: Cold Shower. Now let's take a behind-the-scenes look at our writing process for this series.

Autistic writing is different

As an autistic adult, our processing is different from our neurotypical counterparts. Often people recommend writing strategies like plotting your story on mind maps or creating extensive outlines. While that works for some, it does not work for us.

We started writing Lonely Desert Girl as a poem. It evolved into a short story and now it is a serial series! The evolution took place because we just kept writing. We use a single flow of consciousness to put the words on the page.

After we write it, we read it and edit it as needed. We use programs like Grammarly and ProWritingAid to keep our grammar and spelling in check. Sometimes we will even hire a proofreader to make sure everything is on point.

At the same time, we avoid perfection. That sounds odd right?! Well, for us striving for perfection creates an unhealthy level of stress. As an autistic person, we will go into burnout quickly if we put the need for perfection above our mental health.

We love to write and share content. We try to make it “perfect” but we are only human. We work in the mind of there is no such thing as perfection. Perfection is doing your best and creating something you are proud of.

We are proud of this story!

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Tough roads ahead

Once you read this episode, you will see the struggles that await Desi and Carter. It is going to get tough. We will be adding trigger warnings to as many episodes as applicable. Episode 3 is going to dive into the mental health aspect of these characters and dissect it.

It was challenging writing the intense mental health narrative. It even triggered our own mental health at one point in the story. We are putting out personal experiences into these characters which are good for the readers, but sometimes bad for the writer.

However, we want to keep them real. Desi and Carter are not just a reflection of our experiences, but of many other people that have survived trauma, and are on a healing journey.

Audience question of the week

How do you protect your mental health when writing tough scenes in your story?

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Tas is an autistic, queer, nonbinary, person of color that a neurodivergent writer. They are advocates for social justice, and equality, and are scholars of life.

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We are autistic members of the disability community and hold various mental health diagnoses. We are advocates for social justice, writers and scholars of life.

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