“I think one of the greatest gifts writers can give each other is the act of simple witness. To say to each other: I believe you and I believe in you and I want you to keep on keeping on because that’s the only way. Write that story or poem or essay or novel or play or advice column that you feel compelled to write, no matter what the market says.”

—Cheryl Strayed was one of three writers to discuss “writerly friendships” (via BuzzFeed) this week. Each woman has  brilliant things to say about supporting one another as writers, sure, but also about supporting “the whole person.” Like lending a friend clothes when she’s broke and has nothing to wear for a lunch meeting with an editor, then popping champagne when her book makes it onto the New York Times best-seller list.

That’s the only way to do it.