I was drinking when I wrote this …

My boss and I have a little joke. When I have to write an article for her and I have writer’s block, I bring the work home and open up a bottle of wine. Also known as “creative juice.” She’ll read a piece and try to guess how many glasses of wine it took me to write said piece. (When I wrote a bylined article for her on the North Texas Super Bowl and quoted Shakespeare … well, that was a three glasser)

As I sit here procrastinating on writing another work article (only one cocktail in, mind you), I got to thinking about why I only turn to the bottle when I need to be creative with work, but rarely do I drink and write. I mean, it worked for Hemingway …

Part of the reason I do my fiction writing sober is the simple fact that I start early in the day on the weekends – even I think it’s too early to pop open the bottle at 10 a.m. Even though I eat, sleep (some nights, sleepless) and breathe my day job, I live with my story constantly and in some cases can slip into my fictive dream more readily than slipping into the work-writing dream.

I am a little curious though. The Super Bowl piece with Shakespeare quotes was apparently the editor’s favorite bylined article. So, what would happen if I hit the bottle one day and try to do a little work on my WIP? Would it be an uber-creative chapter or would it go all over the place? Is imbibing and writing akin to drinking and driving, illegal and should never be attempted? Or, will I recall my single days where I flirted with anyone who would buy me a drink and follow that fictive dream wherever it takes me (but I won’t go home with it, because I’m not that kinda girl writer).

I might undertake a little experiment in a couple of weekends. My husband is heading out of the country in a little over a week, maybe I’ll crack open a bottle of wine, hide my car keys from myself and see where the drunken muse will take me.

If I do, I promise I’ll post what I write here. After all, maybe that will be the equivalent of the walk of shame.



About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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11 Responses to I was drinking when I wrote this …

  1. Aurora says:

    Well, if you can write well enough for work on a bit of drink, I can’t wait to see what, imbibing more, you think! LOL (yes, Dr Seuss is a very distant relative but then aren’t we all, LOL)

    • LOL! Me either! I’m really going to try this experiment and see what happens. Maybe I’ll Tweet while I’m doing it … wait, that will only distract me. I should avoid the “ooh-ooh shiny” moments.

  2. Brilliant blog! I find that I’m most creative when I have had some type of alcohol. I think that it takes away my nerves and helps my characters come to life. I also did a blog on this, and thought I’d share it with you: http://chicklitgoddess.com/2011/02/26/alcohol-and-writing-do-they-mix/. Again, great job…and happy drinking! 🙂

  3. I’m curious about your employer’s ability to guess how many glasses you’ve had to write a given piece – is that with or without automatic spell-check? Thanks for the post.

    • Haha! No, my boss is really cool and she gets that I have an “arty” side. The great thing is we keep the fridge stocked at work, too. Never know when I’ve got to crank something out on the fly. Luckily, I’ve yet to call my husband to pick me up from work. 🙂

  4. taureanw says:

    I love this post!
    Having a few drinks is one of my remedies for writer’s block. For myself I think it has something to do with removing the doubt I may have about a certain sentence or paragraph. So I continue writing when my more sober mind wouldn’t be able to move past that particular paragraph. With that said the quality of my writing is usually higher without a few but it does wonders for my writer’s block!!

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