I've been writing and editing since my teenage years, but I haven't taken it seriously until the last three years. Starting novels multiple times over the years, I've never seen one to fruition. This is no longer the case.
As of today, I've finished my first book and am editing the second in a series of fiction romance with a side of suspense. The first one should hopefully be published before the end of this year.
Writing, for me, is a passion, a need. I write to please me and in the process hope to please others by giving them the opportunity for escape for a few hours. If I'm able to achieve this, then I've done my job.
Choosing writing as a profession, in my opinion, is not to be done lightly. If you're writing to make a living, you may not be writing what you love. If you're writing what you love and doing so because there is nothing you'd rather do, then don't assume you'll make lots of money. We can't all be as fortunate as JK Rowling or EL James. You need to accept that there may not be any money, but continue to write because there's nothing else you'd rather do. If you are writing thinking you're going to get rich, you need to stop now and choose another profession.