I don’t know of a single writer who can pull off a solo act. Even if she writes in an attic and never talks to another person, she still has to work with her editor, publisher, and possibly an agent.
Most of us get a lot of help before we reach that point. I belong to two writers groups. One, the Anson County Writers Club, consistently has open mic and we are encouraged to read our works in progress. We have some wonderful poets and writers who give their responses honestly and constructively. I not only read bits of my novel, but have asked for help with the synopsis and query letter as well.
The other (RWA chapter Carolinas Romance Writers) offers speakers on various topics and workshops, both in real time and on-line. I remember one workshop on how to write a fight scene that I thought was a waste of time. A few months later, my novel called for a fight scene and I had at least an inkling of how to write it.
Then there are are the close friends and family with whom you share that first twinkling of an idea. There are friends you meet on-line who live across the country and who you probably will never meet face-to-face, who have become critique partners.
There are the people who share their expertise generously and don’t even ask that you put their name in the book. I am sure that man at the pawn shop never understood why I wanted to hold an AK-47, but I had my reasons.
I also count the fans who write reviews and ask “When is your next book coming out?” Their opinion counts.
In the days before I began writing, I used to look at the acknowledgement page(s) and wonder why an author would feel the need to thank so many people.
Now I know.