Writing Snacks

My writing time used to be confined to my boys’ naptimes when they were babies and toddlers…I am not, and never was, the type to get up at 4:00 a.m. to write or stay up late into the night on a regular basis. So, the only free time available was nap time. That was my me time and the time I let myself enjoy a cold can of Dr. Pepper, no cup, no ice. Later, as I tried to wean myself off the sugar and caffeine packing the punch in good ole Dr. P, I moved to iced chai lattes made with vanilla soy milk in my own kitchen. Very nice.

By three or four o’ clock I really need more than just a beverage, so naturally, there were writing snacks. If I was hungry, I might go with peanuts or a plate of Wheat Thins with cheese, but more likely, I wanted something sweet. (Still do.) I used to pop Hot Tamales, telling myself they were the perfect treat to get me inspired to write steamy romance scenes. Sometimes it was Dark Chocolate Raisinettes, and seasonally, candy corns, spice drops, or jelly beans. But always something. I need something to keep me busy when the lull hits and my fingers aren’t flying over the keyboard.

Today it’s Hot Tamales–I’m poppin’ ’em as I write this, so we’re all lucky this post is G-rated. Maybe come back tomorrow…

What’s your go-to writers’ snack? Or TV snack? Please no one say rice cakes!

Posted in snacks on 09/08/2010 09:47 pm


  1. If I really hate whatever I am working on I crave Doritos or Cheetos. I think it's partly for the taste and partly for the orange film on my fingers which means I can't touch the computer or work anymore. My subconscious is diabolical.

  2. Alyssa Goodnight

    Ingenious! I may have to steal that idea!

  3. At home, I can't think of anything. Usually, I break to eat. I don't like to have food next to my laptop.

    At Barnes & Noble or Borders? Usually a decaf coffee or black tea and a Rice Krispy treat. Then I get mad at myself because I have to either leave my stuff at the table or pack it back up to go to the bathroom and wash marshmallow goo off my fingers. (I only pack it up if I have a computer with me.)

  4. Fiction Chick

    Celery. I'm kidding! My girls are still little, so usually whatever "healthy" snack I bought them that they won't eat. Organic cereal, granola bars, fruit chews, etc. But Sarakastic's idea is brilliant — I just have to make sure my girls don't get into my Cheetos!

  5. Teenage Bride

    haha very nice on the G-rated writing.

    I always go for yogurt or cheese!!

    and Tea …. always tea

  6. Alyssa Goodnight

    Very smart, Fiction Chick.
    Those Cheetos are looking better and better!

    You're so good, Jill. Once-a-day yogurt is plenty for me. :)

  7. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    A cup of coffee with some carbs. Whatever we have I'll eat.

  8. Travis Erwin

    Corn Nuts and Shiner.

  9. Nothing sounds remotely appetizing to me right now! Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog! I'm going to start following you now! I love meeting fellow Jane enthusiasts. I'm an aspiring writer myself, though you could hardly be able to tell from the insane ramblings on my blog! :)

  10. Alyssa Goodnight

    I'm the same, Green Girl, although we never seem to have what I want…even though I do the shopping. :)

    Mmmm…corn nuts. I think my teeth would crumble out of my mouth if I tried that.

    Hey Jamie! Jane Enthusiasts Unite! :)

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