I’ve finally built up a nice series of essays on writing asexuality and asexual characters in fiction. Here they are, all together in one place. They’re intended to be useful for asexual and non-asexual writers alike. They are also meant to be inclusive of gray-asexual and demisexual characters, although my knowledge is limited there.
These essays assume you already have a basic knowledge of what asexuality means: a general lack of sexual attraction to other people. This is not Asexuality 101; for that, check out the links on my resources page.
- Character Development Questions
- Demisexual Characters and Relationships
- Glossary of Words and Concepts Used in Asexual Communities
- Fetishization of Asexuality
- How to Show That a Character is Asexual
- Negative Responses Asexual Characters May Get When Coming Out
- Plot Ideas
- Potential Sources of Conflict For Asexual Characters
- Sex Scenes with Asexual Characters
- Stereotypes to Avoid
Other potentially relevant topics
- Aromanticism 101
- Aromantic Representation, or Lack Thereof
- Sherlock Holmes as an Asexual Character - May be useful if you need an example or inspiration for how asexuality can influence a character and their relationships.
This post may be updated in the future as I write more stuff on this subject; I’ll link to it from my blog’s homepage so it’s easy to find.
I’m in the library all day today so if you need me, contact me via whatever appropriate channel you have.
"Through the fathomless deeps of space swims the star turtle Great A’Tuin, bearing on its back the four giant elephants who carry on their shoulders the mass of the Discworld. A tiny sun and moon spin around them, on a complicated orbit to induce seasons, so probably nowhere else in the multiverse is it sometimes necessary for an elephant to cock a leg to allow the sun to go past"- Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters.This is the Art of Paul Kidby, who has illustrated not only the covers to a great many discworld books, but also illustrated calendars, art books and the fully illustrated stories like The last hero.Terry Pratchetts Discworld is easily my favourite fantasy world.
“May I ask why you felt little Tiffany deserved to die?”
I’m pretty sure this is why Tumblr gave us photosets.
To this day, I still have absolutely no idea if he actually did the right thing by shooting little Tiffany. His story was very convincing…
I totally bought that he was right.
I always though this was about not demonizing people based on how they look, instead focussing on what they do.
THAT’S RIGHT AGENT J
Beautiful Black Female Celebrities With Braids.
Well this doesn’t look good…
That doesn’t look good either…
This certainly is not good.
SHIT. NOT GOOD.
OH FUCK SHIT.
SHIT DUDE FUCK THAT
WHAT THE FUCKING SHIT IS THATKJSFJFNDF
WHY?! WHAT DID HE DO?! HOLY FUCKING SHIT MAN FUCK
if you ship two professors is it a scholarship?
Art by Starchild Stela
Can we please talk about how rad she is?