I’ve been fighting with myself lately, you may have noticed if you’ve been following the blog for a while.
Between my writing, my head, and alcohol, it’s been a constant argument.
The argument goes like this.
Head: “You need to continue to stay sober. Look at all the benefits. Better sleep, great sex(not that it was bad, but it’s been really good since I quit).
Writing: “You haven’t written well since you quit. The writing hasn’t flowed as well.”
Alcohol: “listen to the writing.”
Head: “It has to do with we haven’t been writing for us. We’ve been trying to write someone else’s way. That’s what’s wrong.”
Writing: “Maybe, but what if we put limits on alcohol. We have to have a good reason to drink, and it can’t be to dull or senses, or using it as a medication.”
Alcohol: “Don’t listen to either of them.”
Head: “It’s all about why you’re writing. It has nothing to do with the alcohol. It’s why you’re writing. Why are you writing?”
This is about the time I think, Brian, you’re having a conversation with nonexistent things.
Then I think about what’s going on in my life. I don’t know whether I’ll ever drink again. For now I’m sober and a lot of things are going well, but my writing isn’t one of them.
I think I did an outline because I was too afraid to edit. Too afraid to take time away from writing stories to fix things.
That’s a huge problem.
It’s one I’ll be fixing with the current project.
I’ve gone back to just writing. I have the outline but I know what’s in the story in my head and I’m still publishing something this year. It won’t be perfect, but I will publish.
The above conversation happens a lot.
I don’t know if it will ever go away, but I just want to write.
I hate that the conversation is happening, but it’s been almost three months since my last drink and the last couple of weeks have been the most difficult.
I’m trying to push through but some days I want to see if the alcohol helped with my writing. I know it didn’t but a part of me says it is. Which makes it more difficult.
Other than the writing issues and alcohol cravings, I’m good.
Have a good day.