When I was a journalist I often worked alone. I interviewed my own sources, I followed my own leads and I wrote my own stories. It was a solitary process I undertook most times in a newsroom of people going through their own similar solitary process. It was only when it came time to printing my words on paper that my editor intervened. He or she would read my story, make suggested edits or suggest calling another source and send it back to me. At that point, it was then my job to fix my story, again on my own.
I am now in a career that requires a lot more of a collaborative effort, and I'm learning I prefer more of a solitary process.