I started my first novel when I was fourteen, and I recently completed my tenth novel, a YA fantasy that I wrote as a result of ideas that had been floating around in my head for a while, and the fact that I wanted to get away from writing vampires novels. I feel rather accomplished, even though I am unpublished. There have been many things that I have started to do and never followed through with, but writing books was never one of those things. I always had drive and perseverance with my writing, even if it wasn't always consistent. That's what lets me know that writing is truly my passion and what I want to do with my life. Being published is my ultimate goal, but even if it never happens, I don't think I will ever stop writing, because these stories won't stop coming to me. This was a really fun novel to write, I wanted it to be a romp of a novel with lots of humor and action, but of course also tell a cohesive and interesting story. It was a challenge in many ways, and is unlike my other books, but I'm happy to add it to the list.
I just did three edits on this manuscript, so I'm going to let it rest for a while, work on my query letter, and work myself up to querying. Even though I have two WIPs on standby I think I'm going to take a break from book writing for a bit, because for the year I already have four novels under my belt, a break is due! Maybe I'll turn to something artistic like painting for a time.