Hi Shannon 2010,
It's Shannon 2020, about ten years into the future and there are a few things I wish I could tell you as you start your new journey to become a writer.
Firstly - you are already a writer. Don't be afraid to call yourself that. It is just as much a state of mind as it is a job title. Just because you have not yet been published, and have not made a cent from writing does not mean you are not a writer.
Secondly - you can do this. You have been able to achieve pretty much everything you have set your mind to up to now. Why should this be any different? Surely it can't be any more difficult than being pregnant and having babies. There is considerably less bodily fluids involved too, which is always a positive.
Thirdly - be realistic with your goals. Importantly, for you this also means don't expect too little of yourself.
Finally - you can't make everyone happy. Some of what you will write will undoubtedly upset some people and bore others. Don't deliberately set out to antagonise people, but don't try and please the whole world. Remember that you already have a group of people, your family and friends who support you and love what you do.
Stay strong and enjoy the ride