Hey, maybe this is on purpose (had enough of my comments?), but your blog's not letting me leave a comment. There's no word in the verification box. So here's my comment to the guy who lives rurally and can't join a writer's group.
I live in the back and beyond. Read. Read. Read. Then read some more. Then read. Read. Read. And when you're done, read some more. Read what you're interested in writing for now, but also read other things too. Then read some more of what you're interested in. Don't even write. Just read. Have I made my point?
Three years ago, I barely read at all, but boy did I write and all I ever got were nibbles and no thank yous. Now I read 2-4 books PER WEEK and have been for over 2 years. I have an agent who is "seriously considering" me, one in the wings waiting for a full, two manuscripts with a third almost done, and an editor at a big house who will read anything I write without requiring a query because she's sure we're going to find a match soon.
Reading did this for me. If you have to invest in inter-library loan costs, consider it furthering your craft
I have no control over the vagaries of blogger with comments-my world domination skills need a tune up I see.
I think this is a good point, and one not mentioned enough.