What are the opinions of writing under the influence? For instance, alcohol. Writers are sometimes notoriously known for drinking, but can they write anything good while drunk, or is it in the moments in between they scribble down the good stuff? What about William Burroughs, who wrote Naked Lunch high out of his mind? Mostly my experience with writing under influence involves alcohol. I think alcohol gives people a false sense their writing is good, but can also lubricate the mind up for some good flow. Overall I agree with altered states, though think a sober mind should have the final say. My own writing while drunk...well I think it helps progress a story or idea, and sometimes large pieces can be part of the final product...but I've never finished something under the influence. Do you think there should be a thread here dedicated to short pieces of writing while under the influence (if there isn't one already, haven't quite made it around to searching)?