I've been a member of a small writers group for quite a while now. We don't have much more than five people that attend sporadically. Our meetings are once a month for two hours. Not much time to chat about writing, but we accomplish quite a bit. At least, it helps keep me on track and energized about my writing.
At our September meeting, I brought a small piece of flash fiction I had written a number of months ago as I was frustrated on what I was working on. I figured it would just be a fun piece that I might expand a bit more with description. When my group got done with it, however, I was ready to turn my quick piece into a real story. They took the idea and ran with it. And they ran in directions I hadn't even thought of. Instead of a chance meeting and a lucky break, they had my character as a part of a national crime ring or hunted down by drug dealers. So many new fascinating options!
That is one reason I love my writing group. Each of us comes from a different walk of life and bring our own interpretations of writing. We have non-fiction writers, poets, novelists, haiku teachers, and magazine writers. All together, we seem to know a little bit about everything.
If you are interested in writing or find yourself lacking writing motivation, find a writing group. It's an invaluable tool and resource.