I’m wondering what sort of experience with the creative process that people have with drugs and alcohol, and the creative process. I am sure there must be some writers among us.
I’ve done some experimenting in my time.
Alcohol - in light doses (like one drink or less), generally acts as a social lubricant. But with writing it helps me with several bits of the process.
1. It cuts me off from anxieties. I have big issues with anxiety and time, when I am not being productive, I tend to get anxious. One drink kills this feeling, and so I can do things that don’t feel productive, like writing.
2. It breaks the logic blocks that hinder the creative process.
3. It’s fun. That is, it satisfies the mind in the same way that watching a TV show or listening to music does, but without the distraction.
Weed - cannabis is a difficult one, my blank creativity is well..... blank! I can’t smoke and then sit and write. BUT I can edit fantastically.
When writing, I have this very clear image of the complexity of the sensory output of my writing and the adequacy of the messages I’m trying to convey: like “I can get this same effect in about 1/3rd the complexity of what I’m writing now” and it has helped me, generally, write in a much less convoluted way, even when the psychoactive effects are gone, sometimes for days or weeks after (especially now after I have done this for years).
Writing with resources (notes and such) is also WAY easier when high, but IMO it’s a better second draft type drug.... a HORRIBLE first draft drug
Anyone else have experiences? Learnings?
I am very curious about illicit and prescription substances. I know some people use aderol (??) and such. What about opiates and cocaine? I have zero experience with market pharmaceuticals, psychedelics, or hard narcotics, but am curious about other people’s experiences with them.
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