Being a writer I spend a lot of time sitting in one place for long periods of time. Sometimes I’m writing. Sometimes I’m deleting. Sometimes I’m rewriting. Sometimes I’m thinking. Even though it seems like I’m just staring off into space I really am thinking, visualizing if you will. During those time when I’m sequestered in my little corner staring at my computer (and the mocking blinking curser) I need sustenance.
That’s where the beef jerky and Dr. Pepper come into play. Writers must have snacks while writing. Most of the time we like to have ones that are not messy. Something easy to eat in between scenes. I’ve tried all different kinds of snacks over time. Candy is just guilt ridden to snack on. I don’t know about you, but whenever I eat too much candy I feel like I need to spend the next twelve hours at the gym. Of course, that’s not something I’m going to do (I’m a bookworm not an active person). I prefer to spend my time sitting on the couch with a book in my PJs. Now I do like grapes or apples slices, which when thinking about it is the better option. After awhile though I just realized that beef jerky was the snack for me. Yes its greasy. Yes its just as guilt ridden as candy, but at least its packed with protein. I’m told that’s important.
To go along with that beef jerky I can’t just have water (even though I do make sure to keep myself hydrated because writing is very taxing work) because I need something with CAFFEINE. Caffeine is a writer’s best friend. It keeps us going into the wee hours of the morning whirling stories for my wonderful fans. When it’s almost time for the sun to come up, and I’m still up lost in the story I’m weaving you can bet I’ve been through one or two or three or four Dr. Peppers in that time (ok maybe five but whose counting?).
I can’t speak for all authors, but I do know a few who can’t write in silence. I’m one of them. Now most of the ones I know tend to write to music. They painstakingly make wonderful playlists that fit the feeling of their stories. I love to see those playlists and listen to the music that inspired certain scenes in some of my favorite books. I CAN’T DO THAT! Oh how I wish I could. See this is what happens when I tried to write to music. Song comes on. I think that’s a catchy song. It would work great for this scene. Suddenly I’m humming. Now I’m singing (terribly off key mind you). Damn I’m out of my chair shaking my rear around in circles like Cameron Diaz in her superman tighty-whities in Charlie’s Angels. Before I know it its two hours later and I’ve been through the whole Spice Girlz playlist on Pandora and have now switched to back dated NSYNC because I now can’t get their song BYE BYE BYE out of my head. This is why I let the ID Channel play in the background. My husband thinks its because I’ve already seen every episode they show so I can tune it out. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know it’s a little less distracting then music.