Some foods are better to eat than others when you’re writing. Right?
It goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) that Cheetos are not the most keyboard-friendly food to snack on while you’re writing your next article, blog post, or book. And tacos get all over your keyboard, research, and outlines, right?
So, I asked some Steve Laube Agency clients, “What IS the food you most turn to when you’re on a writing tear? Is there something that fuels not only your tummy but your creativity?”
Here, in no particular order, is what they said:
I chew gum when I write. I don’t chew it any other time (Liz Shoaf).
I try NOT to eat food while on a writing tear and use meals as a reward for reaching my goals. I do drink LOTS of lemon water (Lori Stanley Roeleveld).
I cannot eat while I write. I do sip coffee or tea throughout my writing day, but the distraction of reaching for a chip or chewing dilutes my focus (Tom Williams).
I have a bowl of raw, unsalted organic nuts. Very small amounts provide the protein needed for brain function. But most importantly, I go through a pitcher of water with slices of cucumber, the most effective way to stay hydrated (Janet Perez Eckles).
I don’t eat much while writing but I drink a lot of water before and during writing sessions. Drinking water increases focus. For those who are skeptical, Google it (Rob Currie).
My favorite writing snack is a scone. The temperature of the snack doesn’t change while you get lost in a thought; it’s just the sugary pick up you need after your brain is tired and it doesn’t leave a residue on your fingers for typing (Bailey T. Hurley).
I love to indulge in a bowl of kettle corn as I write. It’s sweet and salty like me—and my writing. It makes me happy, and a happy writer is less likely to abandon her post (I hope my writing offers my readers more “nutritional” value than kettle corn) (Jean Wilund).
I usually snack on trail mix—nuts, chocolate chips made with Stevia, dried cranberry, and sunflower seeds (Michelle Shocklee).
M&M’s for me. The steady crunch, crunch, crunch becomes a rhythm helping me focus (Texie Susan Gregory).
I usually have crunchy munchies. Crackers. Nuts. Fruit. But I try to drink a lot (coffee, water, diet pop) so I don’t eat (Brenda L. Yoder).
I have been known to reward myself with chocolate when I complete a task or hit a writing goal (Cyndee Ownbey).
Chocolate fuels my writing, and M&M’s are my favorite. And, since you said it couldn’t or shouldn’t be done: I have on occasion indulged in Cheetos, but only after a friend recommended tiny tongs to keep my hands clean (Angel Moore).
What about you? Do tell, in the comments, please.