Writing is an inherently solitary craft. While the stereotypical image of an author holed up high in an ivory tower simply will not fly nowadays, a writer–after all the workshops, after all the face-to-face research, after all the critiques (and/or support) from friends and family–writes alone. For writing’s sake, and nothing else.
Authors, at the end of the day, are judged by the quality of their work. No amount of hype can substitute for talent, hard work–and a healthy dose of luck.
To my fellow writers, published or soon-to-be published, take heart: we all write alone, but in spirit, we are one.