Writing partners are lovely to have in your life. They spur you on and encourage you just by them being around and writing. That shared understanding of living a writer's life and struggling and still pursuing this passion sure helps during those doldrums and dry spells. And it takes away my excuses not to write. How can I justify not writing when my friend has three times the workload but is still finishing novels and networking and meeting agents and submitting to contests and all that?
I can't. Seeing all that get done turns my "I can'ts" into "I can and I will and I already haves"--without a single Hallmark card exchange. It's a marvelous thing.