In another post, I discussed my naivety concerning writing and the writing process. Part of the process is spending long hours alone, writing. You become so involved in your process of writing that friendships, family activities often go by the wayside. One of the most common problems is that the author becomes so engaged with fictional characters than real people fade out of her life. How to combat this problem?
As a writer, I highly recommend joining some of these groups or at least trying different groups out to enhance your writing skills (they share many tips and information) in addition to your solitary writing process. The comradeship of other authors, the sounding boards, the opportunity for feedback, and collaboration are jewels in our crown.
Other writers groups: Shut up and Write, Scribophile, Writers Café, NaNoWriMo, Nanoland (Facebook) Critique Circle, Reddit/r/Write, and many more.