Option Question: What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write?
Ten years ago this month, I did a personal NaNoWriMo just to see if I could finish a full-length novel. In January of 2010, I wrote 80,000 words while working full time. And enjoyed it so much I couldn't stop writing.
It took 14 rewrites, learning all the way, before I submitted it for possible publication. I received an R&R and did another major rewrite. And received an offer. The book published in June 2013. I've written a lot of books since then, some award-winning.
I've obviously gotten faster, but it's taken a long time to get here. In many ways I miss the longer process because I got to know and love those characters in my first book so much.