I have been writing on and off (for fun) for more than 20 years.
About 5 years ago I finally ran out of excuses as to why I wasn't publishing and writing every day like I should have been. At that point I got serious about learning the craft.
Creativity and writing doesn't happen in a vacuum and I know now that sharing is what writing is really all about. For a long time I didn't trust my own voice, but that's something that you have to get over if you want to be a writer.
I am doing what I've always loved and that's really the point of it.