I picked up a pen and notebook when I was ten and never looked back. I love writing-- if there's only one thing I could do for the rest of my life, it would be writing.
So even though I may not have finished a novel to completion yet, I can prodly say, I am a writer.
Trying to put together a year-round literary critique group in Albany or Ulster County (I live about half way between both). If anyone's interested, let me know!