What Does Write Drunk, Edit Sober Really Mean?

Amethyst Champagne
4 min readJan 6, 2022

‘Write drunk, edit sober.’

It’s one of Ernest Hemmingway’s most famous sayings. This is one quote that many writers have seen at least once. And from what I’ve seen, its meaning is debated now and again.

A while back, I read a piece on Vocal about how you should not write drunk. It was a quality story, so I’m not trying to say they are wrong. And I do agree…

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Amethyst Champagne

I write personal stories, articles, and more in hopes of helping others.