Re: Voting: Best FanFiction [February 2013]
Skylar is absolutely right; you should write because you enjoy doing so, not because it makes other people happy - if you're doing it for that reason, you're doing it wrong. The only exception to that should be if your writing makes other people happy...and seeing your writing make them happy, makes you happy.
I started out writing for myself, but ended up changing to writing for my audience. And, because of that, I grew to hate writing, as it was suddenly something I was under pressure to do. Now, I've more or less moved away from it, and am back to writing because that's what I want to do.
And that part about sacrifices wanting to be made? BS. If it's a hobby, and thus not something you need to do as a career, then you are - and should - be doing it because you enjoy it in the first place.
If you're stopping because you don't enjoy it, then I cannot condone that; if you don't enjoy it, you shouldn't do it. But, quitting something you enjoy doing just because you don't think you're good? That's just wrong.