Having recently been a guest speaker at a writers group (or writers circle if you rather) I was amazed at just how useful this underutilised resource is for the aspirant author.
Writing is a lonely job. Hours spent behind your computer with no-one to keep you company aside from your pet whose loyalty has been purchased by a full meal-bowl. Even as the person putting in the hours behind the screen It can be hard to take writing seriously as a full-time profession. Even harder is how loved-ones and others around you struggle to acknowledge your work as just that, work.