Everyone needs a good group of friends to support them in the highs and lows of life. No news there. I think it's the same with writing.
Some friends will listen to you rattle off your latest idea with a smile. More to support something you love than to truly appreciate the art of creating a story. And, I'm blessed that they do smile instead of yawn.
Then there is your critique group. They GET it. They are your editors, cheerleaders, critics, and motivators. And what makes a successful group is the blending of personalities.
There is S - a polished professional, who has done everything in the correct order. Her polished website is as bright as her smile. There's J - an example of how to network and become involved in the writing community. Her work with children keeps her in touch with her audience. K - the most right-brained writer I know. She challenges me to think. There will be no sloppy writing because she will catch the smallest detail. C - the girlfriend everyone wants to have. Heading straight for success with an incredible humility. J - creates the most beautiful scenes. She cares about others writing as much as her own.
So are you jealous? A critique group is, above all, honest and delivers suggestions with gentleness. It is one of the best ways to improve your skills as a writer. And in the process, make some wonderful friends.