This time around, all my writing has been sober.
My last writing, in the 1970-80's was somewhat fueled by beer and wine. Basically, a lot of wine at first, and then as I tailed off, a little beer to get my butt in the seat and concentrate.
In the 30 years between, I slowly quit drinking.
Still, I wondered if it would help and I've tried a couple of times. The answer seems to be, yes it will sometimes help, for maybe a chapter or so, if I was willing to pay the price of being miserable for a few days after. It only helped in the rewriting (which I don't like) not at all in the original draft.
At that rate, it would take me a year to edit a book under the influence. For marginal improvement.
So in other words, no.
So would grass (as I called it in high school) help? Marijuana is legal in my county as of today. I'm always open to the idea of anything that could help me in my writing.
I suspect, not so much.
Besides, when I did it in high school it made me really, really paranoid. Not pleasant at all.
I do remember having some revelations. Waking up to find the revelation was: "Peanut Butter."
And I've always told this story. I went back over my journals in high school year ago, and a pattern was very clear. I'd have some entries where I was planning to do this, or do that. Lots of activity.
Then I'd smoke dope and for the next week I did nothing at all. I mean nothing.
So it totally removes all motivation for me. Not to mention, I isolate myself already and this would only accelerate that.
It's not like I was going to do it, legal or not. Linda has never been a drinker -- as in, maybe a total of a couple sips in a lifetime. So I'm not going to lead some separate life from her, for either alcohol or grass.
But I'll always wonder -- would it help in the creativity?
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