red wine and readingAlthough it becomes more difficult with each top up, writing with a glass or four of read wine as a companion has a lot going for it. Well, except for finding the right keys on the keyboard that is. Disregarding this minor flaw in the plan and putting my faith in my ever reliable spellchecker, it is amazing what can develop from the esters of a good red. Ideas flow, if not the fingers.

When I read some passages in my books, I usually recognise the ‘red wine’ parts. Normally they are free, idea driven and often quite silly. But then again, what would the world be without a little silliness? It is easy as a writer to become tense and rule driven. Remembering everything that you read in Steven King’s writer’s bible, ‘On Writing’ about what writing should look like. To be perfectly frank, I really believe I do better when I forget about dear Steven and just clack away. There are the sensible sober hours for the brutal editing.

Some of my best characters have been born from the sediment of a good bottle of red and lived on to become some of my all time favourites. I recall when I was writing February The Fifth that I needed a name for an Inspector Poirot type of manservant. Now the name Adiddle would not have come in any sober moment but with the help of a little fermented fun, he just came to life and added something to the story. Of course there have been some duds but my sober editing times killed them off. Never to be heard of again. Sorry.

So what’s the point of all this? Well, nothing really except I quite enjoy writing with a glass of French Beaujolais, Spanish Rioja, Aussie rotten red, or a tempting Italian Chianti.  Each to their own.


Red Wine And Words
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5 thoughts on “Red Wine And Words

  • 24/07/2011 at 5:53 pm

    Fore me the liquid that oils the imagination is a pint of best bitter. As you say Derek, each to his own. :)

  • 24/07/2011 at 11:31 pm

    Read wine? Yeah, I think that says about where I am tonight…

  • 25/07/2011 at 10:20 am

    That explains a lot! I thought you’d overdosed on children’s TV and the Tomliboos in particular. Remember Inky Pinky, the Hakka Pakka, the Ninky Nonk and the Pinky Ponk? There were traces of Winnie the Pooh in Feb 5 too.

  • 25/07/2011 at 7:27 pm

    Everything I write comes from either coffee or wine. The coffee bits tend to be far more grammatically correct. The wine parts always seem to have more life.

    I’ve had several writers warn me against this practice, but I am on your side 100%. Wine and words can be a beautiful combination.

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