Knowing how hard it can be to pin down the muse, the Romaniacs have put together a fact file – or possibly a fat file – of scrummy snacks that drive us through our writing day. This wasn’t an easy task, and I thought there were going to be tears before bedtime because I have to say that we Romaniacs do love to eat, but I’ve finally managed to pin them down to a short list of their favourite writing stimulants (all completely legal and non-prescription, fortunately.) Warning – please don’t try this at home. If you work your way through this lot, I can’t answer for the consequences.
Catherine starts us off on this eating roller coaster with her choices:
The list is endless. There are so many things that get me through and at the moment it seems to be hula-hoops and bananas. One thing I have to avoid buying is Battenburg cake, but only because I’ll eat the whole thing. There are also some almond slices that my local shop sell – in packs of eight. I’m lucky if they last two days. In fact, I can’t remember what their exact name is (slice/cake?) May have to buy some to double check…
Lucie’s list is short and sweet, much like herself:
With regards to what I like to snack on whilst I write, the list normally consists of the following:
• Southern fried chicken bites
• Cocktail Sausages
I hasten to add, not all at the same time. I vary my days with a mixture of these. Not the healthiest snacks, I know, but good!
Debbie has a very sweet tooth in a writing crisis:
Funny, I hadn’t thought of this before but when I’m writing I regularly snack on bread and golden syrup or bread and jam or banana sandwiches or banana and syrup/jam sandwiches. In fact I hardly ever have a normal sandwich – it’s always something sweet and sickly, but that’s ONLY when I’m writing. I’m finding that copious cups of green tea are far better than gallons of red wine, health wise!
Sue’s choices are slightly healthier, thank goodness:
When I’m writing I tend to have brown bread, toasted with sliced banana on top – yummy! Like to think it’s a health/brain food option. I drink far too much tea.
I don’t do reward eating, I just eat when I want to, but if I did reward myself it would be with a vanilla slice either cream or custard filling, I’m not fussy.
Laura’s a little bit more restrained in her snack attacks:
I don’t always snack when I’m writing, but I have been known to have a few Minstrels, melon or a bowl of cereal. A cup of cappuccino hits the spot too.
Vanessa’s trying not to lose the dieting plot:
I’ve been risking my diet with thoughts of favourite writing snacks and decided my favourite was Giant Chocolate Buttons – a big bag of course. Easy to eat while still typing. I also like sweet popcorn, freshly done in the microwave, but that’s messier and ends up everywhere!
On healthier days, I sit at the laptop with a big punnet of grapes next to me. Yum.
Jan’s food fix is as follows (try to say that six times after the red wine booster):
If feeling virtuous and my words/scenes are flowing well, I can munch my way through all manner of grapes/raw carrot sticks, nuts & raisins. If the prose ain’t playing the game, however, it’s chocolate all the way for me, faves include choccie buttons/Maltesers/Minstrels which because they are individually small, somehow justifies me feasting on them. Although I have been known to demolish the odd family-sized slab of Cadbury’s too. Purely for inspiration purposes, of course.
Liz is our poorly Romaniac at the moment, so I’m guessing she’s nibbling on a freshly peeled orange with a lem-sip chaser. Get well wishes from all of us, Lovely Liz – we miss you!
And as for me (Celia), my big weakness is Walkers Ready Salted crisps – I eat the low-fat version to make me feel virtuous, but as I often follow them with cake and wine, the effect of the reduced calories is somewhat lost. I try to throw in (rather than up) the odd bowl of fresh fruit as ballast but the juice plays havoc with the laptop keys when I forget the spoon.
So come on, fellow scribblers – what snacks inspire you to write a best-selling, page-turning, bodice-ripping epic?
The Romaniacs are looking forward to reading your confessions…