I often get email from readers asking “Karen, what do you like to snack on when you’re writing?”
Ok, maybe not, but I thought that would be a better lead-in to a post about snacks than “I’m hungry and need to go to the grocery store so all thoughts are focused on what’s NOT in the house to nibble on.”
So, in case you were ever curious about what
Karen Hawkins likes to writers eat whilst working, here is a very non-scientifically obtained list written down in no particular order – except brownies. Brownies always reside on top. Also I have listed the pros and cons of each.
Cheetos (or cheezy puffs as my friend calls them)
Neon orange, packed with salt, crunch and a faux-cheese flavor, these babies are a Hawkins House staple.
PROS: cheeeeeezy goodness
CONS: orange fingers, lips, keyboards, notepads and pens
A more intense flavor than milk chocolate and, according to some report I’m sure I read somewhere on the interwebs, good for you.
PROS: It’s chocolate
CONS: None. It’s chocolate.
Used only in the most dire of need, since it’s a little heavy to snack on. But as every college student knows, pizza boosts brain power.
PROS: can be eaten hot or cold and they deliver it to your door!
CONS: Melted cheese and pepperoni grease on the keyboard.
Rich, moist, decadent and adaptable to all tastes.
PROS: They are BROWNIES. ‘Nuff said.
CONS: None, they are chocolate and a baked good.
Crunchy, light, available in a variety of flavors or just plain on the stove-top it’s easy to nosh on from the bowl or bag.
PROS: Good with butter and salt and smells lovely (unless burned – see “cons”)
CONS: Makes you want to go to the movies. Burned popcorn smell rivals any toxic cloud and lingers for days.
Grapes, fruit, cut up veggies.
Straight from the farm to the fridge, produce is a wonderful, healthy snack while writing.
PROS: healthy, not too messy to eat.
CONS: Benefit to the creative process is questionable, all those healthy nutrients detract from brain power.
Wine and Diet Coke
While not a “snack” both these beverages are staples in most author’s consumable arsenal.
PROS: One relaxes, the other perks up.
CONS: Tipsy or overly caffeinated writing often must be rewritten. Darn it.
What are your favorite snacks?