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Old 09-14-2015, 08:48 PM
 
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Smoking is so bad for you but every time I am writing, I crave a cigarette and a scotch at my desk. I don't know why. Maybe it's the stereotype built in from media and cliches, but I have to really stop myself from smoking when I write. It's even harder when I have writing assignments piled one after another. It's hard to take a creative break with deadlines. Ah well, I will have a cookie instead this time.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:06 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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I do all the time.
Sometimes I get confused and try to puff on my pencil while I burn my paper trying to write with my cigarette.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:13 PM
 
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^haha. I can't smoke in my apartment so I'll puff on an imaginary cigarette. I would probably smoke the real thing more often if I didn't have weak lungs.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:32 PM
 
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I used to smoke. When my writing time hit at night, I would step outside, have a cigarette and only then sit down to write. It became such an ingrained ritual that I had a hard time writing for several months after I quit smoking.

I wouldn't recommend associating unhealthy habits with writing. or any other productive hobby/business/past time you engage in.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:59 AM
 
Location: central Oregon
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Chain smoking and writing was a long-time habit. I quit smoking cigarettes on Dec. 31, 2008.

I still smoke when I write, but it sure ain't cigarettes.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:27 PM
 
Location: GA
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This reminds me of Misery where the writer makes it a point to have one single cigarette when he finished a book.
When I watched that movie (didn't read it) I kept thinking that guy was such an ahole, how could he? So yeah, I get it. The most words I ever wrote were probably during unhealthy times.

But anytime I drink scotch, it burns out my desire to smoke. So more scotch?
Or you could try an ecig. I've successfully mastered the art of avoiding cold turkey the last few times I've stopped, via the ecig. All of the nicotine or more minus the smell and lung damage. It's not too bad as a transference. But won't help blood pressure or other ills from what I've read.
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:15 PM
 
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I don't smoke, which means I don't smoke and write. But when I write, I smoke!
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Old 09-22-2015, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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Ex-smoker here, so I don't smoke when I write.

Scotch? First, if I was still a smoker I would never do something so destructive to the taste of any Scotch worth drinking as to mar it with the smoking of a cigarette. Second, one drink is my absolute limit when writing. Any more and it is too impairing - even the very minor influence of one drink pushes that line, and producing something I find worthy is hard enough without clouding my mind with alcohol.
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Boise
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I used to smoke and I also used write a lot more than I do now. I'm not sure, but I suspect my lack of smoking has put a damper on my writing. I have tried drinking while writing, but it inevitably leads to a cigarette craving which is quite distracting. I never realized how much I hated smoking until I quit.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:45 PM
 
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Depends on what you're smoking.

Drinking and writing usually works out better.
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