Infographic: Should you ‘write drunk, edit sober?’

Many erroneously attribute the quotation to Ernest Hemingway, arguing that the author would also never employ the advice. Should you? Here are a few points to consider.

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The quotation, “Write drunk, edit sober,” is often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, but there’s much dispute as to whether (and when) he actually said it.

There’s also plenty of conjecture as to whether he practiced it.

Still, for some boozy writers and creative types, the advice is part of their technique.

Is it really a good idea?

Google the phrase, and the first link that pops up is a blog post from writer Jeff Goins. He’s decidedly against what the phrase represents—a certain level of forgiveness for addiction among artists. He writes:

You would never nod understandingly if a plumber came to your house, completely wasted, assuring you he’d return to clean up the mess when sober. That would be ridiculous.

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