Start your journey in the present, where you are.
Did a high school English teacher suggest you go into wood working, and not waste any more time attempting to write a descriptive sentence? If you believe a writer lies within you, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. Begin.
In the beginning there is a lot we do not know. Admission of this ensures a healthy beginning.
Persist in practice writing.
Read. A lot.
Persevere. When you cannot seem to get the words in your head onto the paper as you’d like, just keep writing.
Edit out the excess. As Michelangelo did when crafting the statue of David, chisel away the parts that get in the way.
Accept correction and feedback. It is vital to your growth as a writer.
Do not fall into the comparison trap.
Allow yourself time for reflection, or you will not write anything worth reading.