I’m sure we all know that feeling of needing to write. I get it with a lot of other hobbies, too. I need to practice my recital song. I need to go to practice today. I need to write a blog post by the end of the week.

The second semester of school has begun, and classes have grown more difficult. Now that my studies are beginning to take up more time than usual, it’s necessary that I cut a few things out. But before I get too crazy with eliminating entire hobbies from my life, I’m going to first work on trimming down on larger things.

I haven’t been spending too much time on Teen Authors Journal lately. Of course, the TAJ store is still getting set up (soon, I promise!), but other than that I haven’t been working on too many developments. Running this site is time consuming, and there are times when I need to take a break, and I think now is one of them. Things are only going to grow busier. With the international writing club starting up soon, I honestly don’t know how I’m going to balance all of this. I’m sure I’ll figure it out, but for now I only have one thing to say:

You shouldn’t feel obligated to write…read…practice…dance…whatever!

Here’s the Google definition for hobbyan activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.

Did you hear that word? Pleasure.

Now that I’ve been starting up new projects, setting deadlines for myself, and struggling to manage everything, I’ve found the word pleasure slowly starting to slip away from all my hobbies. Working on music only makes me feel like I should be editing. And editing makes me feel like I should be spending my time on Teen Authors Journal. All of my hobbies seem to be competing against each other, and I feel madly obligated to pursue all of them at once, but it isn’t possible.

Don’t worry, I’m not taking a huge break from Teen Authors Journal, especially with the writing club approaching. What I am doing is slowing everything down for the rest of this school week. Sure, it’s only three days. But I think those three days will be enough. This three-day break will mean no Teen Authors Journal for me, only practicing my music when I’m in the mood, and most importantly, only writing when I feel like I have the time to spend on it. I’ve got tests, appointments, and some evening trips coming up, so I need to narrow my focus for the next few days.


Before I close off, I just want to apologize to everyone for not working to keep the site as lively as usual. This website takes energy that I must use elsewhere at the moment. For anyone reading this: I hope you are doing well with managing your time and making reasonable sacrifices. Please remember that writing is a hobby, not an obligation.

See you next time!

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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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