Feel free to share here what you find being awkward about writing teen fiction (if you do find anything) as an adult who writes about teenagers. Leave some advice on others if you think there may be a better way to express the situation at hand.
I’ll go first. I’m 27 years old and I still love reading and writing teen fiction. Yet the age group to pick for teen fiction is just awkward to me because if I want to write something with more mature themes I feel like 13-18 year-olds shouldn’t be reading it, but 18-25 year-olds might find it too awkward to read about teens being in mature situations.
I look at teens at the age of 18 and 19, too, but can’t find a happy middle ground on how to write them as mature, but not too mature, with a category named “teen” knowing my biggest audience may be 13/14 year-old girls. Like, I don’t want to be a bad example, but I don’t want to sugarcoat what teens go through in their lives at times. You know what I mean?
I’ll take any advice on how you guys cope with these awkward ages (you don’t have to agree their awkward) and let me see what your least favorite/most cringe worthy part about writing Teen Fiction is.