A tempting quotation from Hitchens, on how we might perhaps improve our writing skills:

Many great writers did some of their finest work when blotto, smashed, polluted, shitfaced, squiffy, whiffled and three sheets to the wind.’

Unfortunately, a better idea would be to read more novels, biographies, poetry, criticism, and history, then have a photographic memory for it all. Even if squiffiness is so attainable…