As the semester begins to draw to a close, I've been thinking a lot about my writing. For one thing, I'm getting very excited to have tons of writing time. Last summer I wrote 75,000 words in 2 months. So needless to say, I can't wait to see where I can go with my WIP and how quickly I can get there.
Secondly, I am approaching the one year anniversary of my writing. Woohoo! Yes, I've been writing my entire life, but I really started with this writing thing on April 23rd, 2009, the day of my last exam. Even then, the first story I started, Forever, was more of a tester/beginner story. In any case, I will always consider the day I started taking this seriously as April 23rd.
I'm not sure why I started to take writing seriously at that point, but I seem to remember having a conversation with my Mum about how I shouldn't just treat my writing as a hobby. Apparently I took her seriously ;)
Anyway, when I was talking to several of my betas a few weeks ago, many of them were shocked by how long-- or how short a time-- I've been doing this. I'm not sure whether or not it was a compliment to me, LOL! But it made me curious, when did you start to take writing seriously? Was there a specific reason?