Thursday, June 05, 2008

On writing when somewhat pissed

I have absolutely no problem with writing the first draft of a novel when I'm squiffy, always provided of course that I can still see - and hit - the keyboard. When I am revising, however, which is most of the time since I need to do plenty of re-writes, I need to be absolutely stone cold sober. I guess that's because it's a totally different process. At the moment of creation drink is the catalyst as I drown in the primordial soup; during the stern revision process when I slice through the silliness and drivel drink is the reward to which I look forward with eyes filled with longing. Naturally this leads to a certain asymmetry in my writing productivity, but if it's a fine full-bodied red that's interrupting the creative process , so what.

On the other hand I'm perfectly content to write - unrevised - entries into my blog after a few glasses of red and I'm usually quite pleased with the result.

Until I read the blog again the next morning, that is. Still, maybe it's better to write something -anything - than drown in wine-filled silence.

I guess I'll find out - somewhat fuzzy-headed - tomorrow.

4 comments:

  1. Erm...yes.

    But don't delete anything for 30 days...

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  2. Some of our finest writers have written from the bottom of a bottle. I think alcohol has some sort of effect on the no-no valve leaving the frontal editor in the broom cupboard (best place for him).
    John, is right, don't delete, but also don't publish until stone cold pissed!

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  3. Hello Pundy,
    Hope you're well.
    Sorry to read about what happened in Rome.
    Glad you're still writing and enjoying your wines.

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