Write Drunk, Edit Sober?

Write Drunk Edit SoberIf you’re a writer, you’ve heard that saying. (If you skipped the title, look up or at the graphic.) Have you ever tried it? The first part, I mean. I have to say, I haven’t. But there have been days I considered it. Oh, there have been days…

Editing, however, is another matter. That’s when you take off the creative (and possibly intoxicated) hat and put on the serious, analytical (and always sober) one.

Today, my friend Craig is trying a different kind of post. He’s starting a new series highlighting services his friends offer. And I’m the guinea pig—I’m the first person he asked to do a “professional” post like that. And I’m truly honored. (Not very good at self-promotion, but truly honored.)

It would mean a lot to both of us if you’d stop by his site, read the post, maybe leave a comment and/or share it on your platform. It’s not very sales-y and offers some clarification about the types of edits authors might seek.

Hope to see you there. (I’ll be one of the sober ones. I promise.)

16 thoughts on “Write Drunk, Edit Sober?

  1. I found this post when I searched “sober” because I was looking to reach out an encourage someone in his or her sobriety…but I’m a writer, too, so I stopped by (and I’m glad I did). I my experience, if I wrote after a little bit to drink–say, a beer or a glass of wine–I was a little less inhibited. But the switch in my brain that tells me when I”ve had enough to drink is broken. Before I got sober, I wrote the second-half of a book completely snockered. I remember passing out a few times, in the middle of the day, at the keyboard. I edited drunk, too, and that was always a bad idea.

    Anyway, I’ve been sober for over three years now, and my writing is better for it (to say nothing of my mental and physical health). I look forward to reading more of your posts. Be well.

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    • Congratulations on your continuing sobriety, Robert. I commend your efforts.

      I’ve never actually written drunk. (I probably wouldn’t even be able to deal with the keyboard.) There is something to be said for letting inhibitions go while writing, though. I try to do that, but I know sometimes I’m reserved. I’d never even attempt to edit without all my wits about me, though. I can’t even imagine!

      Really glad you stopped by. Best wishes!

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    • I think my response depends on the type of alcohol (and the amount I drink). I can be bubbly and energetic or mellowed out. But I couldn’t write drunk. My fingers would never clack the right keys, and I’m sure my words would make no sense.

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  2. Staci, I’m popping over to have a look! As for writing drunk…that’s only been twice in my life and bad enough at that! Writing would have been the last thing I tried – just sitting up took effort. However, I have taken part in right-brain writing groups where there is meditation beforehand – that was an amazing experience and my writing was so different and slightly scary! 😀

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  3. I’ve never tried writing drunk. I don’t really function when I’m drunk (not that it happens very often), it makes me sleepy. Maybe once I’ll tell you about my worst experience with alcohol, when I was at university, which involves a party with 15 people in a room and a visit from the police… But not today 😛

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