I don't have the patience, desire, or resilience necessary to make an attempt at becoming a "real writer." So I write on Medium. Where a few people seem to enjoy my writing and I can write what I want.
And instead of facing years of rejections, I self-published my first novel in July. Only 50 people have copies (so far.) But that is better than zero copies it if I tried to get it traditionally published.
And the ones who read it left great reviews.
That's pretty good for a guitar player who didn't really start writing until his late 50s.
Nice to see you back.