Sure -- I think about this all the time. Well, one thing I suggest is doing live readings. So you're in Halifax, there must be some club there that will let you read. Start getting a local following. All I can tell you is, to make it as a writer you have to be fearless, subject yourself to constant public ridicule, ignore embarassment and failure, and never give up. If you believe in your own writing strongly enough to do this, I think you will inevitably find other people who believe in your writing too.