I mean honestly, the only reason I’m not a fan of younger kids on the platform is because of how mature it is. I wouldn’t want someone younger seeing certain things.
Don’t think that you don’t belong here because of how you write- some thirteen year olds are good writers and good artists, the reason others rag on them is because for the most part, they tend to not be fully developed yet, but you can’t develop without experience, can you ? And you can’t compare someone thirteen experimenting in the world of writing with a professional adult author, a mistake many make. You have talent. Do not let the misjudgements of others make you think that their judgements mean anything. Take all feedback with a grain of salt, positive or negative, and most of all, write because you love it- do not let others think you’re not ready to write or not able to write well.
Though honestly speaking, I’d say avoid mature themes. If you shouldn’t know about it, don’t write about it, it takes time to develop a full and proper understanding of those to a good extent. You don’t have to write about mature things, despite how much Episode makes it feel that way. In my humble opinion, write all you want, write with your heart, but do not write beyond your age, do not feel pressured to do so, nor should you feel like I’m calling you immature or unable to handle mature content- just there’s an age for most things, and the ability to handle certain themes comes with years.
I’d like to note that @episodechick33 pointed out the following-
I got a fair amount of this exposure when I was about your age (possibly younger? I was 12-13, I know that for sure). I unintentionally saw and heard about themes that were mature beyond reason (things that still make the current me shudder) from certain people on a daily basis to an extreme extent. And looking back, I can say that with all honesty, this isn’t true. You will not feel any better just because you know these things early. There is a reason why you see older siblings shield their younger siblings or friends from mature themes. Don’t be in a hurry to find out these things, you will find them out with time, and odds are, you will feel much more satisfied for doing so.
And the things you find on Episode generally are not examples of real life, of good relationships, of anything- Episode is a far cry from the reality of things in most cases. Do not look to it for an example of maturity you feel you should have.
So to wrap this all up, here’s my final statement. You shouldn’t feel like you don’t belong entirely. Just be careful with what you read. Don’t treat what you see as a reality or read or write something beyond your maturity level. And don’t think that you’re a bad writer.