Subject: I had a mother like that, too.
Posted on: 2021-08-20 00:56:15 UTC

I'm fortunate enough to have been out of school before Covid hit, so I'm sorry to hear you've been having a rough time with all the craziness. If your mother is the kind of parent who can be reasoned with, I'd recommend letting her know you feel overwhelmed about everything. I mostly just acted out by writing fanfiction instead of studying for the SATs, which -- well, I ended up with a test score I could use, but in terms of my relationship with my mother we definitely aren't close anymore.

In any case, if you have the urge to write, just go for it. Write some non-PPC stuff and find some betas elsewhere (FFN used to mark whether or not people could be approached for beta reading, and for several years after I stopped posting there I still got people popping up to ask if I could look over their OCs). The best way to get better at writing is just to write, and worry about making it perfect later.

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