So, I read another article that points out ....
British and Irish writers clustered in 18th- and 19th-century London and were more productive as a result.
The article started out by telling the importance of clustering these days
Clustering is the driving force of today’s post-industrial economy, evident in the cramming and jamming of techies in the Bay Area, media types in Los Angeles, and finance workers in New York City.
Then it mentioned, based on a new study, that not all literary figures were lonely geniuses who just loved working in solitude. Some were, but not all.
The study finds concentration and clustering of writers in London well before the rise of the modern creative class. Between 1800 and 1900, London was home to between 40 and 50 percent of all U.K. writers, despite accounting for between 10 and 20 percent of the total population. Eight in ten of the authors lived there for at least a time, with the average author living there for nearly two decades of their writing career. Only 71 out of 370 authors never lived in London.
Then the cluster had an interesting effect on the writers' productivity
It also appears that belonging to the London cluster made writers substantially more productive. Mitchell finds that the average writer in London saw their productivity go up by 12 percent. By comparison, writers in smaller clusters, in Dublin, Edinburgh, Oxford, and Cambridge, saw no such gains. Furthermore, being part of the London cluster increased the likelihood of an author having their work published in any given year by 24 percent.
200WAD has made prolific writers out of us all.
Are we, therefore, witnessing the rise of a cluster or e-cluster?