I just came across a funny quote: "Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for." Mark Twain How long will you give writing, if you intend on get your work published? As long as it takes? Or have you put a time-limit to it? Like, "If I won't get published before the age of X I will give it up". Somehow I think that many of us will (and have already) give it a lot more than 3 years.