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scheherazade
11-11-2008, 07:28 AM
In your experience: Does drinking alcohol free up your inhibitions and clear up your writer's block? Or does it get you writing crap or not writing altogether?

Death Wizard
11-11-2008, 07:31 AM
Drinking helps me. But I have a high tolerance.

jvc
11-11-2008, 07:40 AM
Drinking and smoking helps me, can't do a thing without both.

Silver King
11-11-2008, 07:44 AM
Drinking helps me. But I have a high tolerance.
Same here. For example, I'm drinking now. Not bad, eh?

Maybe the question should be, "Does drinking until you're entirely shit-faced help your craft? Like when you're really drunk and stumbling around, can you find the keyboard, and if so, does your mind and finger dexterity limit or enhance your creative output?"

jvc
11-11-2008, 07:46 AM
Same here. For example, I'm drinking now. Not bad, eh?

Maybe the question should be, "Does drinking until you're entirely shit-faced help your craft? Like when you're really drunk and stumbling around, can you find the keyboard, and if so, does your mind and finger dexterity limit or enhance your creative output?"
I'm crap either way but at least the drinking means I don't care as much that I am.

ChaosTitan
11-11-2008, 07:48 AM
I write better and am more productive when I'm sober. Unless I'm at a club dancing the night away, drinking just makes me sleepy.

Coffee is my only drug when I write. :)

vixey
11-11-2008, 07:51 AM
I write during the day. I save drinking for the evening. Though, I have been known to write well into the evening with a cocktail or glass of wine at my computer. But...it's not something that helps or hinders and its definitely not something I would pursue at ten a.m. :D

jvc
11-11-2008, 07:53 AM
I write during the day. I save drinking for the evening. Though, I have been known to write well into the evening with a cocktail or glass of wine at my computer. But...it's not something that helps or hinders and its definitely not something I would pursue at ten a.m. :D
I've been at it so long now it usually takes me till 10am until I am shit-faced, having started at 4pm the previous day.

jennifer75
11-11-2008, 07:54 AM
In your experience: Does drinking alcohol free up your inhibitions and clear up your writer's block? Or does it get you writing crap or not writing altogether?
Oh it totally frees up writers block.

I'm writing about a time when I was drinking, smoking, dating, and f.... well you get it. And, drinking definitely gets me back in that zone. Not drunk writing, but definitely a little looser than on a normal coffee day.

jennifer75
11-11-2008, 07:55 AM
Drinking helps me. But I have a high tolerance.

you're not drinking enough. ;)

auntybug
11-11-2008, 08:04 AM
I wrote one of my favorite lines in my 1st WIP after a couple of drinks. Laughed my ass off for a long time over it. It was still funny the next day :D

Drinking & posting on AW - not for the meek ;)

jennifer75
11-11-2008, 08:05 AM
I wrote one of my favorite lines in my 1st WIP after a couple of drinks. Laughed my ass off for a long time over it. It was still funny the next day :D

Drinking & posting on AW - not for the meek ;)

I wrote one of my my hottest "adult" scenes after a few sips.

polarqueen
11-11-2008, 08:06 AM
B/c I get really goofy when I drink, I find that I'm more productive sober.

However, I do get a laugh when I read some of the poetry that I've written on bar napkins, because I think I'm in artistic mood when really I'm just drunk.

Two of my faves:

"The beer wants me to do things...that I cannot do."

and

"The Phillies are on TV
Baseball tells us about life.
But I think that it's bullshit"

Brilliance. Sheer brilliance. What magazine wouldn't publish those?

Albedo
11-11-2008, 08:10 AM
I don't think it helps. When I'm pissed I just want to get on the internet and yell at people.

Alpha Echo
11-11-2008, 08:12 AM
I almost always sit at night with a glass of wine. (or two...or three...) I don't think it really makes a difference. If I got myself drunk, I wouldn't really be thinking about writing. At least not a book.

jvc
11-11-2008, 08:14 AM
I almost always sit at night with a glass of wine. (or two...or three...) I don't think it really makes a difference. If I got myself drunk, I wouldn't really be thinking about writing. At least not a book.
You have to push through the barrier, once you get past 10 it get's so much better.

jennifer75
11-11-2008, 08:14 AM
I almost always sit at night with a glass of wine. (or two...or three...) I don't think it really makes a difference. If I got myself drunk, I wouldn't really be thinking about writing. At least not a book.

Hey little missy....keep yer clothes on. And put the glass down. ;)

Vincent
11-11-2008, 08:20 AM
Once you get into the habit of writing while drinking, you run the risk of not being able to write without a drink. Has happened to many, many writers.

Alpha Echo
11-11-2008, 08:26 AM
Hey little missy....keep yer clothes on. And put the glass down. ;)

:)

Haggis
11-11-2008, 08:30 AM
I wrote one of my my hottest "adult" scenes after a few sips.

Have a couple more drinks and pm me the scene. :roll:

jvc
11-11-2008, 08:39 AM
Have a couple more drinks and pm me the scene. :roll:
I have first dibs :D

rhymegirl
11-11-2008, 08:40 AM
Whattt wassssss the question???

Fillanzea
11-11-2008, 08:42 AM
I get genuinely anxious about the prospect of becoming an alcoholic writer, and I'm not in the habit of drinking anyway unless I'm out with friends, so no, I don't drink and write. There are some scenes I've written that could probably use more bourbon, though...

jvc
11-11-2008, 08:44 AM
I get genuinely anxious about the prospect of becoming an alcoholic writer, and I'm not in the habit of drinking anyway unless I'm out with friends, so no, I don't drink and write. There are some scenes I've written that could probably use more bourbon, though...
You know if you drink enough that anxious thing goes away :D

Medievalist
11-11-2008, 09:05 AM
It's actually a bad idea to ritualize any aspect of writing. No "using my lucky pen," or "Two cups of coffee," or "A glass of wine," because you don't want to encourage yourself to develop habits that may interfere.

And yeah, alcohol may interfere. Save the drink for after, as a reward.

Cranky
11-11-2008, 09:09 AM
It's sounding like a great idea right now, I gotta say. Stupid block. :(

katiemac
11-11-2008, 09:30 AM
Heh. I have some mini bottles lying around in my closet I picked up after smashing a pinata at a party. What to share, Cranky? :D

Cranky
11-11-2008, 09:32 AM
:D

Please do!

Joe270
11-11-2008, 01:22 PM
For me, drinking gets me to write things down sometimes.

I don't know how other people write, but my head tends to fill up with the world of the main character, and it gets all cramped in there.

Sometimes I just need to get them out and down on paper, or computer, whatever.

Then they are trapped there, not attacking my noggin. I can go back to them to see if they have enough life to make a story, a tale, a novel, or a script. But they are there, and my mind is free to find another world to explore.

Yeah, I write when I drink. It keeps the pressure down, it keeps the monsters in their closets, it keeps the warfare quiet, it keeps the volcanos from erupting and the meteors from striking.

It helps me sleep at night.

SPMiller
11-11-2008, 01:46 PM
Drinking causes me to communicate things perhaps better left uncommunicated.

For example, when drunk, I may write really bad porn-fanfic of my own characters.

And on AW, I just get into trouble.

Joe270
11-11-2008, 01:48 PM
And on AW, I just get into trouble.

You're right, I forgot that part. Hmmm. Goodnight, all!

JJ Cooper
11-11-2008, 04:21 PM
I do not encourage the use of alcohol as a stimulant for creative endevours.

Now that's out of the way, I do find that I relax more and am able to be more creative with some beers in the belly.

JJ

donroc
11-11-2008, 04:35 PM
A few drinks in the evening relaxes me in that as Joe said it reduces much clutter and some story/character ideas flow. A few belts at a bar can do the same any time of day.

DL Hegel
11-11-2008, 04:39 PM
Drinking made no diff for me--when I use to.
I think it helps some people relax. But no matter what the cool kids say-- it doesn't help your spelling--or handwriting.

scheherazade
11-11-2008, 08:24 PM
I write better and am more productive when I'm sober. Unless I'm at a club dancing the night away, drinking just makes me sleepy.

That's been my experience as well when I've tried strategically to, uh, treat my writer's block. But then, I favor girly drinks, which are loaded in sugar, so I'm not sure if it's the ethanol or the sugar that crashes me. I'd have to try a beer-powered writing session to say for sure. Maybe us sleepy drinkers need to adopt the Red Bull & Vodka writing juice. (Just kidding!)

scheherazade
11-11-2008, 08:40 PM
For me, drinking gets me to write things down sometimes.

I don't know how other people write, but my head tends to fill up with the world of the main character, and it gets all cramped in there.

Sometimes I just need to get them out and down on paper, or computer, whatever.

Literary lubricant!

Shadow_Ferret
11-11-2008, 08:52 PM
I drink.

I write.

Sometimes they meet. Most often they are separate activies.

A glass of beer or wine as I'm writing may help relax me, but I doubt very much that it offers anything other than that. My writing is pretty loose and carefree without alcohol. Writing is the only activity in my life where my inhibitions are free au naturale.

And if I drink too much, then the writing just gets sloppy and silly.

I save sloppy and silly for IM chats.

Mela
11-12-2008, 12:12 AM
A glass of beer or wine as I'm writing may help relax me, but I doubt very much that it offers anything other than that. My writing is pretty loose and carefree without alcohol. Writing is the only activity in my life where my inhibitions are free au naturale.

Same for me. I write during the day when I don't drink.
I write at night when I do drink (and for the record, gin and club with a twist).
There's no difference in the two - I am equally as able to write dead sober as I am with a few drinks in me. As a matter of fact, at night, sometimes I get so involved I forget I have the drink next to me.

Devil Ledbetter
11-12-2008, 02:54 AM
Every so often a glass of red wine helps my inner editor to relax, and maybe even take a nap.

scarletpeaches
11-12-2008, 02:57 AM
Oh Jeez. Me and red wine do not mix. If it weren't for that Devil's brew my ex boyfriend wouldn't even have got to the 'boyfriend' stage.

SJSantiago
09-09-2015, 06:15 AM
I resemble this remark :)



I write better and am more productive when I'm sober. Unless I'm at a club dancing the night away, drinking just makes me sleepy.

Coffee is my only drug when I write. :)

Haggis
09-09-2015, 07:20 AM
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WriterDude
09-09-2015, 04:11 PM
2008. Woah, how things have changed while this thread slept.

SJSantiago
09-09-2015, 07:23 PM
yes...I like to practice my powers of resurrection while the masses sleep haaa