"Writing is a solitary pursuit." I heard someone on TV say this yesterday and I was all like 'well, duh'. But thinking about it this morning, I realized something. This may be a solitary pursuit and one no other person can really help us with (unless, you know, you're like working on a collaborative manuscript), we're in this together.
Don't get me wrong. I'm all about the individual - doing his thing, being his own person. What I mean is more along the lines of we have a shared experience. Each of us is working toward a personal goal, and along the way, we face the same pitfalls, the same elation, the same deep dark depression and endless misery. So, it just makes sense that we help each other however we can - even if it's just putting a hand on a friend's shoulder so they know they aren't alone.
Our paths are different, but we're all walking in the same direction. Toward publication. (Even those who are already published are still walking. Just because one book is sold doesn't mean the journey ends.)
So if you see someone faltering, reach out a hand and help them back up. If you see someone making progress, cheer - because the cheering inspires and heartens. And if you feel like you can't take another step, call out so others can maybe help.
Writing may be a solitary pursuit, but you don't have to go through it alone.