The rise of the creative collective on Substack.
I love this. At the current time I am very busy. I am negotiating on my first book of poetry. I am sending around TWO novels although one of them I want to add a few more sections. Last but not least, I am trying to finish a novel Ive been working on for over twenty years. Ah yes. Suffice to say this in all of its garrulous non-splendor: the elongation of my procrastination on this particular novelistic notion if like the commotion of a clogged ocean giving cause for consternation with not much disputation but that much more hesitation of a confrontation with my inner subugation that has never been the slightest cause for celebration only causing much perturbation or perhaps some skilled clinician can give me a better definition of condtion that I see her/him on my own volition or should I give it all a rest and do my best to return to my own fiery intution so I can finish without my heart or brain diminished.
I had a dream last night I had a new kind of brunch. It was so delicous: a chicken salad sub ( 12 inches) atop four buttermilk pancakes with strawberries.
It's the best "substack" I ve had so far. I had it with a very unknown coffee, made in Brooklyn and called "Holy Grounds Coffee" with the credo "Our cups runneth over".
Good stuff Brian. Even though fiction tends to be a sidelight in my work, I feel very much a part of the Fictionistas collective and deeply appreciate the sense of community I find here.
Love the community aspect of all this. This is the coolest.
Thanks for mentioning us at Creātell! We always welcome new perspectives, especially if folks want to chime in in the comments section or create a thread in response to one of our posts. It feels so great to be connected to a group of writers with similar interests. As always, it's too easy to feel we're alone in this world--and truly, no one is!
Great piece, Brian! This is really interesting and I'm curious to see where it leads. I've definitely been more in the solitary camp as a writer, but it's been great meeting and discussing with other writers here on Substack. And, hey, if anyone is interested in a historical fiction collective, let's talk :-)
I’ve been hearing a lot about The Soaring Twenties but haven’t gotten to wade in too deep. Seems to get a lot of engagement though. I’m glad to know there are other collectives out there where writers can find their folks. Nice one. Thanks for this.
Great overview, Brian! It’s interesting to learn about the different author communities out there.
Thanks for this, Brian. Especially naming some other groups to follow. I've been on Substack for about a month and it's amazing. I love that I can connect with people all over the world. I agree with what you said re: community. It's great to be able to encourage other writers and vice versa!
I have a writing group that meets hybrid here in NL and will be running in-person workshops/retreats for writers to meet each other and focus on their work.
Thanks for the post and the reminder that though writing is done alone, it doesn't have to be lonely.
Great article. I've been looking for more collective type newsletters that writers can contribute to.
What a great overview, Brian. I’m so glad to have found Fictionistas. It’s made Substack more like home. Thanks for the shoutout! I’m very excited about the Lunar Awards!
You've tagged the wrong "The Post"--intentionally or not! Great article though, I think Collectives are a neat emergent behavior of Substack, I wonder if we will see a collective-oriented feature integrated into the platform?
This was a great roundup Brian. Good to see all the different ways in which communities are forming on Substack. Writing is indeed a lonely endeavor and finding and engaging with like minded journeymen is so gratifying and rewarding. It can lead to ideas and productions we could not have imagined or concocted alone.
Thanks also for the mention of our humble Createll Collective community. We're rather proud of it and seek to make a difference in helping conversations happen. Yes, apparently we've all forgotten how to talk. That includes coming from a place of trust and openness but also with a view that it's only through the exchange of words and ideas that we can better understand one another before we bring about any kind of change... The interesting thing about our collective is that we all come from very different backgrounds, interests and leanings and yet -- we talk.
Thank you for sharing this! I joined Substack just over a month ago and have found that more than getting my writing in front of an audience, it’s been the writing in community that has had the biggest impact.
I have such a hard time trying to write less than 10,000 words. I'm going to have to come up with something.