The Genres of Drinking

I hate Tuesdays. I know everyone hates Mondays, but for me most days feel like Monday so I guess I’ve grown immune.

Tuesday is like the one day where nothing good really happens (unless you count tv shows and I don’t since it’s summer and tv bores me). So to make this Tuesday a little less dull I’ve decided to blog about the wondrous power of a drink.

Yes a drink. No I’m not an alcoholic, I’m just a writer.

Most of our creativity lies in the subconscious mind. Tapping into that while we are awake is difficult if you’re sober, especially nowadays where everyone has so much to do and so many people to connect with. As my writing’s progressed, so has my tolerance for hard liquor.

I used to write sober, but there was something missing from my work. A conscious barrier seemed to hold me back. I do not want to promote drunkenness, or overindulging, but if you know your limits and adhere to them, you can produce some crazy brilliant stories.Ā (Not that I would call any of mine brilliant, but I do currently have a publisher)

So here are my story inducing alcohols:

Black Spiced Rum (Kraken)-Horror and Sci-Fi

Wine (Red or blush)-Romance

Whisky (Makers Mark)-Literary/Modern


Vodka is the exception here, this is truly my poison and I cannot write with it in my system. Other hijinks usually ensue and distrat me from the process.

Sometimes a good non alcoholic drink does it too:

Hot chocolate-Children’s

Green Tea-Non-Fiction

6 thoughts on “The Genres of Drinking

  1. Allen says:

    That’s really interesting! I can’t drink and write, myself (I just tune out mentally and listen to music), but I had a writer friend who swore by it. He’d have a couple of shots of Grey Goose, and he said he didn’t feel so inhibited.

    Whatever gets the words flowing, I say. And sometimes the words flow like wine. šŸ™‚

  2. Dave S. Koster says:

    My preference is 1 drink, preferably an IPA to loosen up a bit. Too much (more than one), and I’m done – not with drinking, but with writing. Although, if I take it slow, and keep the buzz at that very low level, it does help. Editing or re-writing, though, and I need to be stone-cold sober. Nothing good happens if I’m not totally sharp on the re-write. I’ll agonize over a single sentence for hours after 2 or 3 beers (or whiskeys, moonshine, whatever). Also, how is the Kraken? I always see it and every time I think about picking it up, decide that Kraken sounds to much like ‘severe hangover’ when I say it in my head.

    1. jessmbaum says:

      My tolerance has risen significantly since the release of my last book, so that should also be taken into account with me. heehee Kraken is my fav, but I love black spiced rum. You can shoot it or mix it with root beer to make liquid candy. I don’t get hangovers easy, so you may not want to trust me šŸ˜‰

      1. Dave S. Koster says:

        Rum hangovers are my worst (actually moonshine are the worst, but don’t ask where I get it, I just drop my jug in an old stump and take a walk around the bend). It feels like someone has packed my skull with broken glass. On your recommendation though, I will pick up the Kraken next time.

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