This is a strange question for me to answer, considering I’m the youngest one in the Café. Until recently, I didn’t even consider myself a writer. Writing has always been a hobby, something I did every now and then when I got bored or when a story popped into my head.
Before two years ago, I could count the number of stories I had written on my two hands.
(Now I need several people’s hands.)
The small breaks that I’ve taken from writing have been because I’ve been too busy for school, but I’ve never really stopped being a writer.
I still came up with story ideas and daydreamed as much as possible. I’d doodle new worlds in the corner of my notebooks when I got bored in class. I used as many similes, metaphors, and analogies as possible when writing papers.
There have been a few times where I have worked on such big projects that I’ve never wanted to look at another word document in my life. Thank goodness there are other writing programs.
If I ever decide to stop writing, I don’t think it’ll be permanent. Or at least I won’t entirely quit. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wondering, “What would happen if…?” And I think it’ll be impossible for me to ever quit coming up with character arcs.
Writing isn’t just something I do that I can quit any time I want.
Writing is part of who I am.