It took me 27 years of working, traveling, attaining higher education because everyone around was doing it, etc., to discover I was most passionate about writing (woe were my parents!). To make matters worse, I was adamant to write in English, which wasn't my native tongue.

5 years of reading, studying, tutoring, translating and evaluating freshmen papers, and writing a pile of amateurish manuscripts (many of which garnished with rejection letters from various outfits) later, I believe I have finally reached the point where my writing is adequate for publication.