Most say writing is a lonely endeavor (say that to my cat), but does it have to be? It's true that only your hands can type your story but what about the rest of the process?
No one is great at everything, even in publishing.
You might be a master of dialogue but fall a little short on scenery or that quiet writer in the corner of the conference might be a master of characterization. Conceptual edits are my love but the nitty gritty of punctuation are nails on the chalkboard.
How do can we, in the lonely field of writing, weave our strengths with others?
What are your strengths and weaknesses (be brutally honest)?
If you're not sure what you've conquered and what you've neglected, join a critique group or submit to contests. Listen to the feedback, especially the repetitive suggestions.
How do we find authors who have mastered your weaknesses?
Join a local writers group, extend your hand to other writers at conferences, join online writers groups...in short, reach out. And ask for help. There's no shame in humble requests.
Lonely writing is not. There's a bond that happens between authors as we share the most intimate thoughts with each other. Because of my literary journey, I've secured lifelong friends. Strangers have become family as ideas blossom and prejudices fall away.
And that, my fellow writers, is how we change the world, a few words at a time.