Mixing with like-minded people gives us more than support and motivation though. We also acquire vital knowledge and feedback. Talking with others who have gone before us and those who walk behind us provides us with an invaluable network of details in the ever-changing writing world. For one person to keep up-to-date with every publisher’s requirements, every competition, every request for work and every changing nuance is impossible, even if we’re only looking at one single genre or one form of publishing. But as a group, we have access to more of these details and as such, more opportunities to become published.
With the advance of technology and the household use of the internet there are now so many different and accessible ways to network with other writers, face to face, online, through mail and so on that there is simply no excuse why a writer has to work alone - unless of course they want to.