Well, its a new year...resolution time. Mine is to spend more time writing than reading about writing or thinking about writing. They say if you don't crave writing...you're not a writer. That has been a rather discouraging manta for me. I don't "crave" writing to exclusion of all else. But it's always right there at the edge of consciousness...nagging. So maybe the muse wants me to be a writer and I'm just resisting it. You know, the fear and doubt thing. Anyway, like I said, its a new year.
I'm not sure you need to crave writing. That it nags at you tells me you're a writer at heart.
Don't let fear and doubt stop you. At first write just for yourself. When you're more confident you can show your writing to the world. In the meantime, FM is a good place for support and advice. We certainly understand and share what you're feeling.
If you have any questions - about writing or the site - please feel free to ask.
<< I don't "crave" writing to exclusion of all else. >>
Truthfully, no one should crave anything in exclusion of all else. Yes, I have seen some folks online that explode on their blogs or on a website because they've put writing above all else. It's not healthy. Most pro writers have many hobbies and family stuff to keep their sanity.
So...never fear. You're all good. Now writing can be a lonely job. Yeah, you can have your word wars and stay in chat or on a IM program. But you are very much alone for a majority of writing. And while I do know of some folks that can take their laptops and writing pads to social activities, most can't juggle both. You might have to give up an extra hour of sleep or TV to follow your dream of writing.
I'd also like to suggest Justin's writing exercises. They're writing prompts. I found them incredibly helpful when I first started here.