And, this is the house where they're giving out full MFA's
Congratulations Bowen!! What a milestone! I completely agree with you, most especially regarding growth! I think you hit the nail on the head there! I also think that the name of your book is quite fitting and well suited! I am so very new to this; to Substack and writing in a public forum. I too shared a bit on Facebook with friends and family but never in an open public space like this. I hope to grow and learn about myself and help others in the process the more I write. I think my biggest challenges right now are confidence and consistency and would definitely like insight on writing groups and classes. I have been trying to learn as much as I can from my fellow writers that I enjoy reading. I will have to keep a look out for future meetups and hopefully will be able to attend one sometime! I will be on the complete opposite side of the country during this upcoming meet! Wishing you all the best and, as always, look forward to reading your 'stack!!
Congrats Bowen. I felt the same way in terms of celebrating a milestone. It's an arbitrary number from a statistical POV, yet it feels important nevertheless.
I didn't feel comfortable with a big announcement, but I did post a Note thanking readers, writers, and Sarah.
But you captured the most important thing in this post. There IS a correlation between more compelling writing and personal growth and a correlation between compelling writing/personal growth and more people wanting to read what you write.
I'd love to do a zoom to chat with you about whatever.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're of the same mind.
Wow. That was all the tricks bundled up into one essay post. Every few sentences I’d get Shazamed with a new and cute ask and then some more fun content. Boom shakalaka. Growth 💪🏻
Hey BoBo 👋🏻 I discovered Substack through Chris Ryan and you through him. I haven’t read all your writing, but what I have, I mostly enjoyed. I’ll be honest-I’m really not into the touchy feely mens group stuff. Having lost my mother at age twelve and having an absentee alcoholic father, there’s been a lot of-suck it buttercup in my life. Having two of my own children and now two grandsons, Al and Ernie (I’ll bet Al and Ernie could kick the shit out of Brayden and Devon) (George Carlin is my god) I know how important it is to have stable involved role models and how easy it is to fuckup a child. What I learned about myself attempting to write-something I should have known by now-is that I’m a starter, not a finisher. I get bored easily. I write in my head and make notes but I really don’t enjoy the physical aspect of writing. I don’t have to for money, so I take the path of least resistance. My main focus on Substack is politics, geopolitics, sexuality, health and fitness. That’s where all my reading energy is spent and in the future, my financial support. I wouldn’t dare leave now and break your 1000 subscriber milestone. An ordinary disaster-interestingly, the title of my memoir was or may someday be-An ordinary life with Extra graphically added to ordinary or An extraordinary life with Extra crossed out. Regarding Van life-I bought my first house at 21, so I thought, why the fuck would I want to sleep in a van or tent. Well I have a Mitsubishi Delica on order from Japan that I plan to explore in. And my latest endeavour-today on my property I stared down a nice size buck at ten yards but didn’t have a clean shot with my crossbow. Extraordinary!
Huge congratulations Bowen!! Feeling the warmth, genuineness, humility, and enthusiasm in your writing has made for the most delightful end to my week--thank you for sharing your gift, for inspiring me, and for bringing great people together.
I do want to know what a bear-can diet is. :) I looovee the title for your book. And I like the idea of exercising between paragraphs--I think that will help me a good deal.
Bowen this is wonderful news, one thousand subscribers is a huge accomplishment! Well done buddy. There is a lot to unpack in this post, all the links you shared will keep me reading for a while so thank you.
I love how you define growth. As I was reading it I felt like you were writing the words that were in my head. It's great how there are so many like minded folks here on Substack.
Answering question 8: As far as the writing groups go would you say the biggest benefit was the accountability to stay committed and go deeper in your writing?
Q9: Yes, I love the title An Ordinary Disaster
I look forward to talking soon and will touch base as soon as I can.
Thanks for the kind mention Bowen! Big fan of everything you write as well. The admiration is mutual : )
Congratulations, Bowen! And thanks for the roundup of writers to check out.
Congrats! I can tell you've been putting in the hours.
This is the first post that I have received as a subscriber. Yeah, I like to imagine that I was the 1000th subscriber.
Congratulations!! And excited for our upcoming meetup. Bay Area writers, I hope you’ll join us :)
I think you’re so right that our current metric-focused ecosystem of content is something we have to overcome to have authentic expression. Now everyone with something to offer — from restaurants to college professors to beauty shops and dentists— is vey concerned about ratings and that’s governing how we work. It drives the process.
Epic milestone, of course this demands to be celebrated.
I was surprised to see this blog and deeply appreciate it. The reason of writing is indeed for growth and support. How often do we think that we are alone in our experience until it is shared. For me this started as a practice to find comfort in sharing the crazy journeys that I have been going through myself and processing at the same time. Never expected to reach people like this. It's a beautiful platform to connect, Substack.
Keep on writing! And I wish all the best for the future ahead and with your book. Blessings brother ;)
Congrats on 1,000 man. Epic. I love your honest take on growth. I think most of us are thoroughly human in this arena: Of course we want growth, both in terms of our art and also subscribers. I admit it openly! There’s nothing wrong with that. Most writers yearn to be seen, known, read. Perhaps I need to do a post on this.
Sincere American Writing
Write on DWELLE! Write on. Love it. Keep Going. Love you. Love your writing. Inspirational and aspirational.
Is it called 'metamoir' when you write a short memoir-related piece about a bigger chunk of memoirs? 🤔😉