How to unstick a creative block?


There are those who say, “inspiration” is required to clear a creative block. That may be true. But how do you get it? Being at the crisis point, deadlines, the blank page, no thoughts; many significant authors found a solution with a taste for “spirits” and/or drugs to grease the imagination and stir creative juices.



Ian Fleming, Vesper Martini

Oscar Wilde, Iced Champagne

Stephen King, Beer

Truman Capote, Screwdrivers

Jean Stafford, Wine

Dorothy Parker, Whiskey Sour

William Faulkner, Mint Juleps

Scott Fitzgerald, Gin

Jack Kerouac, Margaritas

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rum Sidecars

Edgar Allan Poe, Cognac

Ernest Hemingway, Mimosas

Maya Angelou, Whiskey



Carlos Castaneda, peyote

Tennessee Williams, amphetamines, barbiturates

Timothy Leary, LSD

Aldous Huxley, mescaline

Aleister Crowley, cocaine, heroin, opium

Nick Bantock, opium

Jack Kerouac, marijuana, Benzedrine

Sylvia Plath, pharmaceuticals

Stephen King, cocaine

George Carlin, Vicodin

Allen Ginsberg, marijuana

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, morphine, laudanum

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, opium

John Keats, opium

William S. Burroughs, heroin

Philip K. Dick, amphetamine, crystal meth

Jean Cocteau, Opium

Ken Kesey, LSD, mescaline, marijuana


But for writers seeking a non-alcohol, non-drug approach, consider these options:


Lift your nose from the page and give yourself a change of scenery.


Take a couple of hours to explore a different landscape, ideally a locale beyond city limits.


If you live by the Ocean or any other vast body of water, GO

and feel the waves wash over body and soul.


Make a point of talking to strangers and fresh faces.


Ask WHY? And see what flows. Let the words spill out and flow in any direction.


Say “Good Morning” and mean it.


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