Hemingway was considered a modern writer, as well as an artist from the “Lost Generation.” If you know anything about this generation, you know that they were just coming out of a World War. Because of this, mass amounts of men who saw battle were either fighting depression, post traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, or other similar issues. All of this can easily be seen in his more famous writings, such as “A Clean Well-Lighted Place”. In 1961, Earnest Hemingway committed suicide at the mere age of 61.
With that said, he is one of my favorite authors; I even chose his work “Hills Like White Elephants”, as my topic of literary criticism, this semester.
While I do not drink, and never intend on drinking to the point of intoxication, I believe that this quote is completely relatable — to any writer. “Write drunk…” To me, this says “Write drunk — drunken with emotion. Whether in love or pain; hatred or joy, write intoxicated and and completely wasted in the moment.” As for the second part “…edit sober”, I see “Edit sober, when all the winds have calmed, and when your eyes are cleared from the poison of life. Clean it up and and make your pain presentable.”
As I said yesterday, I live for the influence of art, for art.
“Write drunk; edit sober.” – Earnest Hemingway