DON'T GO IT ALONE!
Here's a picture of Diann, me, and Colleen at a recent speaking engagement--the only thing missing is Kristin (move to Indiana, K!)
All four of us orignally met online and started critiquing each other's mss. and chatting on email. Eventually, we attended conferences together and built a friendship that has turned into one of my life's biggest blessings.
Writing can be a solitary occupation, and you can find yourself lonely and uninformed because you've closeted yourself away from others. If you haven't done so already, take a step to broaden your world. Join an online writer's group (ACFW and FHL are a couple good ones). Go to a conference and meet other writers like yourself. You'll grow in knowlege as you learn from others and expand your horizons as you meet people who share a common goal. And who knows, you might just find a friend for life.