Screenwriting : Do you drink while you write by Brian Stoneking

Brian Stoneking

Do you drink while you write

Do you write while you drink liquor or smoke weed to get the muse to kick in and then read through your work when you're completely sober?

Lisa Clemens

Nope. I don't need anything to get my muse going except a deadline!

Christina Patjens

I can only write sober. My fantasy is blocked if I consume any kind of stuff. Can't imagine things then.

Jody Ellis

Write drunk, edit sober!

Owen Mowatt

I often write rum while I'm drinking scenes...does that count?

Chris Courtney Martin

Nah, those things lull me a little too much. When I write, I need to be hyperfocused.

Philip Sedgwick

I often write first thing in the morning, so not there. But those evening into night sessions are another story.

Conor Gallagher

I don't even know if this is a real quote or just an awful meme BUT I've read that Ernest Hemingway said "Write Drunk, Edit Sober." Of course, I don't know if that's the healthiest way to live, ha. I've definitely come home on a Friday and thought, "Aw shoot. I've gotta write" and then me and gin have a fun, if crap-writing, time.

Ian White

LOL. Yes! Heavily!

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

Nope. Machete don't need no muse.

David Downes

No. Engineers are creative by nature. ;-)

Doug Nelson

I reward myself with a wee nip of a smoky single malt scotch at day's end if I've been productive.

Aray Brown


Charise "Lake Lady" Sowells

Music helps the flow for me sometimes

Victor Titimas

I do not drink...I remember reading in a screenwriting book about this technique, though. Don't know if they were joking or were really serious.

Wayne Jarman

I separate my vices. It interrupts the creative typing flow if I have to stop to grab a glass. ;)

Steve Cleary

Drink whiskey and smoke weed to come up with ideas. Drink coffee to execute them. I personally open a bottle of wine when I write sometimes, but have to stop into the third glass. :^}

Dan Guardino
Richard Gustason

No I haven't. But I just may do that now. Who knows, maybe good stuff will finally be on the pages for once. LOL

Dan Guardino

I don't drink or think when I write.

Raleigh Marcell


Mercedes Street

I have a short attention span and drinking basically cancels out my attention span entirely so every time I've done it I come back to an incompleted sentence that doesn't fit anywhere

Richard Gustason

I see what you did there Raleigh Marcell . Well played. :-)

Raymond J. Negron

No, all I want to do is "Get naked," "Cover Women with bodily kisses and sucking" and have " Various Positioning Sex" and not with my script, which makes drinking very bad. Just get your ass in that seat and start writing even if shit comes out of your fingertips onto the page. Remember Shit is still fertilizer for later use and has been known to grow vegetables. Hope that helps! Celebrate once you torture yourself with 6 hours of writing, then go "Ge Naked!!!!" Woohooo! Okay, love you and go write.

Myron DeBose

A writer's process is their process. The only measure that counts is the final product. If the quality sucks after several attempts, one must question the process or ability.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Coffee? I'm more of a tea person LOL!

Doug Nelson

Sometimes. (Another Zombie post).

Stefano Pavone

Lemonade, or a "Henry" (or "Saint Clements"), which is orange juice mixed with clear lemonade (I'm allergic to alcohol except wine).

Erick Freitas

I like different types of tea or barley and sometimes a bit of the ganja. I never could write properly while drinking.

Ralph Soll

I've taught "animation writing" on and off for a decade or so - and this issue has come up several times as people assume animation writers "Must get high to write this stuff!" - In truth, I'm personally unaware of any professional writers who "get stoned to write".

This said, caffeine is my drug of choice.

Claude Gagne

This is an old thread! Why would it pop up after a two-year hiatus? Is the lounge running out of things to talk about?

Music, a bit of medicinal ganja(legal cannabis here in Canada), and a wild imagination. CANNABIS/CANADA

Vic Burns

It’s not mandatory for me, but if I do drink whilst writing I find there’s a sweet spot between after one and up to three drinks.

Liz Randol

sometimes I have a glass of wine, usually red. and yes to rereading when sober! we have so many inhibitions, many of us - that getting past them is essential to good creative work

Liz Randol

that said, best to do your healing work and remember that what you have to say IS GOOD ENOUGH! xo

Evelyn von Warnitz

A creamy Baileys after exciting writing sessions is a must for me!

Doug Nelson

Just my personal pov: You say it's "GOOD ENOUGH" to me and I'll say it ain't - strive for excellence in everything you do.

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator

I reward myself with drinking after I write.

M L.

I build the outline, character bios and storyworld first. Stone cold sober for that and the first few drafts. Cause none of that is fun. It's like doing the blueprints on a house. Tedious.

Once it's tight, I'll save it as a new version and do a few punchups over a drink or two maybe. Then come back to it sober and see if any of the drunken input version was any better. Sometimes it is, sometimes not. All depends.

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