Drunk On Writing?



The infamous quote by the great Ray Bradbury:

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”


What the heck does this even mean?

What about you?  What do you think he meant when he said this?


  1. If you keep writing you won’t have time to sober to your poor choice of words. You won’t have time to see that your plot is not sturdy. You won’t notice that you missed a quotation mark, or that you just changed tense. But the words will flow, and show not tell. The feelings inside will pour onto the page, as if your hand is being guided. And reality cannot punch through that drunken mess of words, so write a word. Write another.

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  2. Even when I’m writing non-fiction, I can be “drunk on writing.” I don’t think about whether my writing will be well-received, nor about what an editor will do to it. Some blog posts don’t see the Internet — but I write ’em anyway.

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  3. I guess it’s that almost tipsy feeling you get when you’re consumed by your story, a thrill that spurs you on. When you don’t care how good you sound you’ve just got to get it out! I love that feeling 🙂 I wish I could have it everyday, and avoid all the ‘reality’ days where I see how much further there is to go and despair. I love this quote!

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