Having a buddy interested in writing has been one of the things that kept me motivated in the early days. She was a keen writer but hadn’t written seriously for years but that didn’t matter, it was just important to have someone who was passionate, imaginative and loved talking about writing. I didn’t tell anyone I wrote until I finished the first draft of my first novel and her excitement spurred me on. Several years later and lots of coffee discussing lots of ideas, she too is working her way through a screen play and her first novel. We don’t talk regularly, just meet up every couple of months, but knowing I need to tell her something about my WIP really helps. I’ve also made lots of friends through social media (joining Rave Reviews Book Club has been great for that) and keep in touch offline with many of them. Reach out. Share ideas. Ask for feedback. Join conversations. There’s lots of writers out there who love to connect and if they’re local why not ask them to meet up for a coffee? Us writers aren’t naturally the most outgoing of creatures but we can normally be bought with caffeine.