Writing on High

Hi Jim,

I often find myself writing a great deal when I’ve either had a lot to drink or right after smoking weed. Do you find either helps or do you know of anything else that helps spark your creativity? You don’t have to openly admit to anything illegal, but I read a while back that some of Stephen King’s best work was done when he was drunk.

Thanks,
Duroz


 

Oh boy… all right, well Duroz (if that is your real name). 😉

You’re going to be somewhat disappointed. I write sober. Stone cold sober. I’m a half blood Irish, so that pretty much ensures that I’m going to be a social drunk, but I started writing a new chapter in one of my stories when I was completely plastered and… to this day I haven’t been able to finish the book because I can’t figure out for the life of me where I was going with what I wrote.

As for marijuana… I’ve honestly never touched the stuff, so I can’t comment on how it would affect my mind.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with people who do smoke it and I’m happy for those people now that it’s legal… I just find the smell completely offensive. To me, it smells like a combination of skunk spray and dog shit someone stepped in. I’m also worried that one day marijuana will suddenly end up like cigarettes. Like the Surgeon General will come out with a statement, ‘Here’s a disease smoking this causes that we didn’t know about before because we didn’t have the research.’

Anyway, as for anything else… I want to make it clear that I have never and will never do any sort of narcotics, street drugs, or anything that impairs me unless its prescribed by a physician.

Let me be very clear about this, whatever inspiration or wacky writing such drug-induced hazes produce, it comes at a very high price. A VERY high price. So smoke up that weed all you want and have your beers (without keys in reach), just stay away from the harder stuff.

As to your question about anything else that sparks creativity… that’s easy for me:
Strong Emotions and Heavy Metal.

Hope this helps!



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2 thoughts on “Writing on High

  1. What a fun question and slightly disappointing response. LOL I was hoping for some kind of confession. I really enjoy your posts, Jim, and wanted to provide a related story for Duroz.
    I have to agree that I am worthless as a writer when I “partake”. Being from Colorado and also finding the smell of marijuana highly offensive, I have dabbled in the edible form. I am also known to have a drink on the occasion. However, I cannot produce anything enlightening or otherwise worth reading while under any influence.

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    • StCyril says:

      Well thank you. Sorry I didn’t have a funnier story to tell, but I was usually the driver in that being over 6ft, and Irish blood, my tolerance level is through the roof. Maybe if I have the right context, I’ll have some 3rd person story that I was witnessed to. I essentially had to download half a bottle of Gold label scotch to get drunk, and that’s when I wrote that insanity that brought one of my novels to a screeching halt.
      I’ve thought about going with the edible form just for the experience, but haven’t found the avenue yet.

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