Currently I’m throwing myself into the world of a sci-fi, fantasy, and a classic. Besides reading these three novels, I’ve also been watching new shows, observing the character development in them. From all this new fictional exposure, I’ve gained a lot of inspiration. I’ve also found myself sleeping earlier and being more energized in the mornings. Overall, I believe getting back into the swing of reading is beneficial for my overall health and well-being, unlike my old belief that it merely steals writing time.


The main point of this? Well, I’ve realized there’s a lot about myself I still don’t know. There are specific things that inspire me and certain preferences I have that remain unknown or unnoticed. This also applies to the way I write.

I’ve realized I’m still learning as a writer.

When I think about my writing journey, I can clearly see that I’m still at the beginning. As much as I like to believe I know every writing process that works best for me, I’ve come to realize that most of them can be fine-tuned to be even better. Maybe even completely changed.

From now on, I’m going to challenge myself more as to how I write. For the next five days, I’ll wake up an hour earlier to get in some writing time before school starts. Although I’ve made it extremely clear how much of a night owl I am and how I write best in the evening, I don’t think it’d be fair for me to continue making such a claim without first trying to write early in the morning at least a few times.

For everyone reading this…I have a five-day challenge for you!

Challenge yourself as a writer by writing in a way, place, or time where you usually wouldn’t.

Normally write with a cup of coffee? Try tea for five days. Always write in your bedroom? Bring a laptop to the window in the dining room. Usually use a computer? Try longhand.

It doesn’t have to be a large commitment, and even if it is, it’s only for five days. I think it’s a fun idea to expand our writing experiences so we can understand ourselves better, but most importantly, understand how we write best.

Comment below what type of five-day change you’ll plan on making for your writing style!

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Melissa Torrefranca

Hello writers of the world! I'm Melissa, the founder / designer of Teen Authors Journal. Although I create blog posts every Tuesday at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time), I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing! I'd love to learn more about all of you, so please don't hesitate to shoot me a message! 🙂

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