I've been trying to get back into writing for a couple years now. It hasn't really happened. The urge comes on me in fits and starts, usually when I'm too busy to do anything about it. I joined an APA, so in theory I have to write something every quarter, but it hasn't worked that way. Writing doesn't rise high enough in priority until like a week before a piece is due, and then I have no ideas and I'm too tired to think of anything, and if I send in anything at all, it's something horrible that I threw together in a couple hours. The only real idea I have at the moment I'm jealously hoarding to use for the web comic I hope to start someday. That one I think has some promise because it keeps trying to grow in my head and I have to pile snow on it and say "Not yet! I don't have time for you while these other projects are still going on! Do you want me to die of overwork?"
It's kind of disheartening to see real writers like aynjel putting more time into it than I ever could and still showing only modest progress in getting published. Still, I don't think that's a valid excuse for giving up before ever starting. It just means that it will take me longer, but that's OK. I'm only 35, I have decades to keep plugging at it.
Anyway, I woke up this morning with a great idea: I'll participate in NaNoWriMo this year! A short, focused project like that will give me the authority I need to raise writing's priority and postpone other projects in favor of it. So I got out of bed, all fired up... and discovered that NaNoWriMo isn't until November. Damn.
I know I could just do it, but... I could have just done it any time in the last several years. The entire point of participating in NaNoWriMo was that I seem to need the external stimulus to kick-start myself. Oh well. I guess I'll wait until November. It's not like I don't have plenty to keep me busy until then.