For the last two years, I have tried to like running. I got good shoes, started out with a plan I could probably have success with, and to some extent found the success. And for the most part, I really did not enjoy a single minute.
I think this is a lot like writing. We write because we like it - obviously. But we have to like what we are writing, the time when we are writing, and embrace the way we write.
I would much rather be in a spinning class or playing a volleyball game than running. Any day. All day. Why was I trying to run? Because there are lots of runner's in my family, because I hear about the runner's high and the euphoric feeling. But I never felt that.
I guess the key is more than write what you know (although if you read my group's blog, you will see I conquered that topic already), but write how it makes you happy. The important thing for my physical health is to maintain a level of regular heart-rate raising activities. The important thing with writing is to get the words in the page the best way we know how.
What did you try to do that you thought you would love, or were supposed to love, but didn't? What have you discovered about yourself as a writer through the process?