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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