The Art of Writing

write drunk edit sober

In Peter De Vries’ epic Reuben, Reubenthe main character – a creatively blocked Scottish poet Gowan McGland (based on a famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas),  reveals his working habits, which perhaps might be useful for you in any aspect:

Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation- the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.” (p. 242)

I am not certain, frankly, whether these words actually reflect the art of writing in a way you may probably perceive it; but I am sure they, indeed, embody the art and ingenious self-expression, for which our soul and our mind inherently long and aspire.

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