Think long and hard on the choice of "Writer for the love of writing your stories" vs. "sharing your stories with the world in publishing". Its a big decision that too many take lightly these days and it ends up gobbling them up and leaving their stories tainted by disappointment. If you write a story, YOU ARE A WRITER and no one can take that away from you. If you write your story start to finish, you've done more than most people ever do. Revel in that accomplishment and hang on to the JOY of writing no matter what. If you ever feel your joy slipping away, step back, re-evaluate and recharge. There's no rush unless you have a contract with a date on it. Also, if you choose to publish, never stop writing your stories. If the first one takes you 10 years to publish, then you can potentially have 9 others you've written just waiting in the wings. NEVER STOP WRITING to focus on that first manuscript. Keep writing.