im 13, and if i read this story personally i wouldn’t go and just cut myself since i saw someone do it in an episode story, butttttt i think that if i was 9 (which is when i started reading episode stories) i still don’t think that i would go and cut myself back then. just because i wasn’t a dumb kid, and i was happy, and i still am to this day
but thats not everyone’s case, i know that there are a lot of kids my age that seeing a scene like that might influence them to go and cut themselves, but it also might help them overcome their depression
honestly, I think the most powerful thing - which wouldnt get you in trouble with guidelines - and has been done in countless incredible short stories and novels, would be to use a symbol (such as a butterfly, dandelion, etc.) and write metaphorically.
TW in my example: domestic violence
the most obvious example to me is the yellow wallpaper - a short story about an abusive, gaslighting husband which is symbolized by hazy, yellow wallpaper that makes her fall ill and slowly lose her mind.
obviously you should write what you want, but I think this might be an interesting way to talk about a heavy topic. best of luck with your story!
I mean authors aren’t supposed to include any graphic content or descriptions of sex/nudity but unfortunately some of them get away with that (to an extent)
I don’t necessarily think that this is the place to talk about this kind of stuff with all of the younger viewers on the app but as long as you don’t glorify drug use or self harm you’ll be ok
Some more in depth details of drug and alcohol use from the guidelines
No description or depiction of active, ongoing drug, alcohol or tobacco use by characters who are under the age of 16
No graphic/explicit/detailed descriptions or glorification of the use or effects of drugs, alcohol or tobacco
No glorification of an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
No characters may use hard drugs or associated paraphernalia, including but not limited to: cocaine, heroin or other injectables, non-prescription pills e.g. LSD, prescription brand or non-brand medication outside of prescribed use e.g. Xanax, unidentified powders or pills
haha, yea i got my first tablet when i was 8 i think, but before that i always used to use my great grandma’s tablet, because i went over her house almost every day after school. i started playing episode on that ! & i got my first phone when i was 9 too
I will say, stories technically cannot have graphic sex—many stories with that kind of content get taken down, the only ones that stay up are the ones with heaps of read that Episode keeps up for monetary purposes.
If you include these topics in your story/graphic depictions and your story gets reviewed, there’s a decent chance they may ask you to change certain aspects, so you have to be ready for that.
There are also many platforms that aren’t 13+ where you can publish this kind of content! Writing can be a great therapeutic outlet, and if you don’t want to censor your writing, you could consider a different publishing platform.