"To accomplish great things, DREAM. We must dream as well as act"
~ Anatole France
The above quote hangs on a wall in my office, positioned straight in front of my desk. It is an everyday reminder to chase my dreams, whatever they may be. It helps me remember two of the three most important ingredients to accomplishing my goals. First, I must have a goal. Second, I have to do the work. But the third unmentioned necessary to this equation: support.
Truth is, no matter what we do in life, no matter what we are going through at the moment, having a great support system is crucial. Same is true about writing. I can honestly say I've never read an interview where the author said, "Nope, I done it alone. Wrote this masterpiece in one sitting and it was ready for print." Not happening for even the most talented writer. We all depend on someone to help us though the bad and celebrate the good, whether it is a spouse, a friend, or a critique group.
All this to say, be a dream chaser and do the work. But, just as importantly, keep good people in your life. Surround yourself with supportive honest people. Anything less simply isn't worth your time and will shut you down as a writer.