Writing and Adultness

“I’ve come to the conclusion that being an adult is not for me”

– My wonderful critique partner, Akshaya! ๐Ÿ™‚ /story of my life.

Akshaya Raman

I was thirteen years old when I first decided I wanted to be a writer.

A girl I knew thenโ€”who is now one of my best friendsโ€”introduced me to the world of fanfiction, and I have no shame in admitting that some of the first things I wrote were indeed fanfiction. Harry Potter fanfiction to be specific. And if you know me at all, youโ€™ll find that utterly unsurprising.

However, since that moment I decided I wanted to be a writer, something changed: I was told I had to become an adult. I had to do adult things like get good grades and go to college. Other adultsโ€”and peers who were aspiring adultsโ€”told me that I had to think about the future, pick a major that would guarantee me a job after graduation, make a lot of money to support the family that I would no doubt have one dayโ€ฆ

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