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Fun to hear how you managed to find signal to cross-post this morning Lyle — and thanks for a great conversation! Looking forward to doing more of these with other writers.

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May 20, 2023Liked by Bowen Dwelle, Lyle McKeany

Only a little over half-way through but wanted to share how much I'm enjoying and benefitting from this deeper dive into the Substack writers ecosystem.

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thank you, Andrew, I appreciate you listening and reflecting here. I see that you write on similar subjects. Welcome! You might enjoy this piece of mine in particular: https://open.substack.com/pub/bowendwelle/p/the-truth-about-love

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May 20, 2023Liked by Bowen Dwelle, Lyle McKeany

For me, writing about what I know seems like a natural starting point for someone that's getting started as a writer. I read somewhere that reality (unlike fiction) doesn't have to make sense which makes me think it's "easier," for me at least.

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same here Walter, for sure. I find that those of us who start with our own material tend to have... things that we want to work on, truths we need to work out, and to tell. I see that you also write from your own life experience. Thanks for listening and reading, and great to have you here as a fellow writer! Cheers Walther.

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May 21, 2023Liked by Bowen Dwelle, Lyle McKeany

Finally got a chance to listen, great to hear both yours and Lyle’s perspectives! It helps broaden my own approach to writing memoir.

It’s funny you mention your past career in software. I currently work as an engineer and have the same exact thoughts about Substack—great platform development with a priority on writing and networking.

I also can’t express how important a writing group is, at least for me. I meet with one weekly, and the immediate feedback improves how I write in real time. No one even has to say anything for me to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

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“No one even has to say anything for me to figure out what works and what doesn’t” expresses it pretty well! I know the feeling -- just reading my own work to myself works pretty well, but reading in a group is more powerful, and I always hear things myself when I do that that help me move things forward. And -- if you are fortunate enough to have a great group, sometimes the feedback and discussion can also be very fruitful.

Cheers and thanks for listening Matt!

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Thanks for giving it a listen, Matt!

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May 20, 2023Liked by Bowen Dwelle, Lyle McKeany

Thank you for sharing this, it’s in my queue for tonight.

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Great to hear that Matt -- and looking forward to your thoughts after listening!

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certainly interesting to hear your experiences on substack and how the community is thriving. Only 20 minutes in will have to pick up the rest tomorrow.

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Thanks for listening, Jordon!

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You:"the value of having a writing group...how men can say “sex”... the value of writing groups"

did u meen:

how men CAN'T say “sex”

????

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