This answer will be revised periodically: I've had so many people ask me this recently and I think it all boils down to this: writers write! Tell your stories orally to people, write them in a spiral notebook, or keep them on a file in your computer. Even if you're not ready to share them with anybody, you must tell them. I always think of this quote by R.A. Salvatore: "If you can quit, then quit. If you can't quit, you're a writer."