Author Comforts: Snackage!



There really isn’t anything deep about this.  Each of us has a favored snack or food that we gravitate toward without thinking about it.  They’re that treat we love that brings mental and emotional comfort.  A food that we never seem to get tired of.

Most people here are probably expecting me to mention pizza, but the truth is that you can’t have a box of pizza next to you while writing.  It’s greasy, makes a mess, and you’re really going to pay for eating the entire thing.  That’s not a good author comfort food in my mind.  That’s just personal preference.

My favorite snack when writing are Twizzlers.  Only problem is that they never last long around me.  I’ve devoured a family pack in a day and a half without even realizing it.  That was on a weekend too, so it never made it to the writing time.  I just like being able to grab a handful of straws, pop the end of one in my mouth, and eat away while my hands are working on something.  Yes, I’ve also used a Twizzler as a straw with minor success because it breaks apart in soda.  That and I eat it quickly.

So, do you have a comfort food when writing?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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41 Responses to Author Comforts: Snackage!

  1. Ooh I love Twizzlers too – and in the world of candy, there are a whole lot of things worse (unless, of course, you eat the whole bag!). But I am an M&M fanatic – melts in your mouth, not in your hands – no mess.


    • At Greek weddings, you give away sweets – traditionally a sugary confection known as koufeta. Instead, we gave away M&Ms. You wouldn’t believe how big a hit that was. The wedding video has caught a cousin of mine with six boxes in her hands, sneaking away. The cameraman asked her where she was going. The cousin blushed and twisted her body away to hide the boxes from the camera, mumbling something along the lines of, “just taking these to my friends” before rushing off. 😀

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    • I wouldn’t know anything about eating an entire family pack of Twizzlers. Nope. No idea how a 34-year-old author could possibly do that and not feel crushing guilt the next day . . . I’m trying to behave with the 5 pound container I got over the weekend.

      Do you have a favorite M&M flavor? I mentioned Birthday Cake to Nicholas. Have you tried this one yet?


  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Coffee. Just coffee. And the odd baked potato… no prep, you see… just wash and go 😉


  3. There is dark chocolate with almonds and there is everything else not worth the calories.


  4. FOOD and COFFEE – Full Stop 😀 😀 😀


  5. I have a selection of hard candies. They are cherry, strawberry, lemon, line, caramel, wintergreen, mint, grape flavored and individually wrapped. I like them since they too can be put in the mouth with involving hands. They are sometimes a bear to unwrap so it keep consumption down to a dull roar.


  6. MRS N, the Author says:

    Snackage when writing can be a deadly combination for me because when I am writing, I don’t realize how much I am eating. It’s amazing how hungry you get when writing. When I was writing the restaurant scene in Princess of the Light, I was famished. 😀 As for snackage, I love Twizzlers and chocolate in many forms along with pop. But usually, I am a good girl and drink water. 🙂 Have to maintain my girlish figure. 😀


    • Good point on writing eating scenes. That seems to make me hungry and my characters are snacking so often. One of them always seems to have a drink or piece of food when they’re discussing events.

      I’ve been trying for years to cut down my soda intake. I found seltzer works as a good habit breaker since it has the carbonation and none of the caffeine. Can’t say I’m maintaining my girlish figure though. Pizza is too yummy.


      • MRS N, the Author says:

        I only drink diet and my favorite is Coke Zero. Pop is my one vice and I don’t plan on cutting back. I need the caffeine. Hey, feel free to send me all your pop and I’ll take care of it for you.

        Ha ha ha! I love pizza too. I walk over 20 miles a week so I can eat chocolate, pizza and whatever else I’m craving. Maybe we should start a Writers Snacking Support Group?!? 😉


      • I do go for Coke or Sprite Zero when I indulge. Took a while to get off the caffeine need though. Think the only thing we have left here is a bottle of Diet Caffeine Free Coke from 2012.

        I’m very impressed with the 20 miles a week. I bike 10 miles a day on a stationary bike, but it doesn’t seem to give me the ability to eat whatever I’m craving. Sign me up for that group. 🙂


  7. sknicholls says:

    Cherry Twizzlers are my favorite. I have a peanut M&M habit that jumps up on occasion. Mostly though, I’m a coffee and cigarettes addict.


  8. Coffee and chocolate! Unless I have craving for something weird. I remember one past NaNo I fried loads of courgettes and eggplants and ate those while writing…but then I had to clean the keyboard!


  9. People buy giant snacks for movies. What about for reading?


    • I think you can get that stuff from Costco. Though to be fair, there’s a lot of empty space in those boxes. It’s like they’re made bigger to justify the price, but they’re filled with the same amount of food as the regular sized one. Come to think of it, you don’t see candy bars at movie theaters.


  10. Ellespeth says:

    I like to snack on Champagne 😛


  11. Thin Mints or Junior Mints. The mint wakes me up and the chocolate gives me energy. Although, the new Junior Caramels are pretty good, too.


  12. I fill a glass up with cashew nuts and honey which I polish off every day and pretend it’s really healthy, and not sugar at all. 😀


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