Yes, I know I signed off for a week, but a friend just sent me a link to a post that I have to pass on to you. I met Amy Benson Brown through the internet several months ago, and we quickly discovered that our writing plans and current research overlapped in interesting ways. We were both contemplating books about the abolitionists who traveled to South Carolina in 1862 to work with newly-freed slaves. My main character was Laura Towne; hers was Charlotte Forten. The two women knew each other, worked together, and frequently sustained each other when the going got really hard. Each would become a peripheral character in the other's life story. Since then Amy and I have exchanged tips, bibliographic citations, pictures, and whatever other information came our way. In other words, we have become the counterparts of Laura and Charlotte.
Recently Amy began her own blog, and in her most recent post, she wrote about the type of connection we have forged. She calls it "The Community of the Page." Please click on the link and visit her blog to read what she has to say. I think it will encourage you to seek similar communities to sustain your own efforts, whatever they may be.