Can’t Write, Too Sober: Three Myths about Sobriety and Creativity

Can’t Write, Too Sober: Three Myths about Sobriety and Creativity

“Write drunk, edit sober.” – Peter De Vries

This quote from De Vries’ 1964 novel Reuben, Reuben was my creative process during my drinking years. I’m dismantling this myth by doing the one thing I’d avoided since sobering up over 500 days ago: writing a book without the booze.

For many creatives who imbibe, this plan sounds more unlikely than the fictional worlds they create with words. I was right there with my fellow scribes, convinced that my creativity would only be greater paired with a glass (or three) of Merlot to keep it afloat. These days, the intersection between my sober and creative journeys made me rethink the many myths I believed about my Creative process. Here are a few of the little literary lies that I’m working to demolish since I got sober and picked up the pen (again)… Read the rest at Sober Black Girls Club!

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