This passage on an artistic community is another great point on how an artist should be networking.
How we should not be against each other.
I mean, think of anyone who ever did anything great.
None of them acted alone.
Do not be in competition. Be in community.
Maybe there is a reason that creatives have congregated in Austin, Nashville, and Portland?
In fact, an editor can help in this same way.
Your greatest work will not come from just you. In my interviews with hundreds of working creatives, I discovered that many professional artists do not work alone. Yes, they may retreat to a solitary location to finish a book or record an album, but their work is always refined by community. Many of the most significant creative breakthroughs in history were not inventions by individuals.