Write Drunk Edit Sober Is Sound But Only Idiomatic Advice – by Derek Haines…

on Just Publishing Advice:

Did Ernest Hemingway ever advise, write drunk edit sober?

Probably not. But it has become one of the most popular fixed expressions for new writers.

If you have just started writing or you are attending writing classes, you must have heard the expression. On social media, writers have used the phrase thousands of times.

Yet the term does not necessarily convey the literal meaning that you should always drink and write. Nor does it mean that you can only edit when you are not taking a proverbial sip.

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