Thursday, November 1, 2012

What does a novelist eat?

Today marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo 2012.  What in the world, NaNowRiwaht? You ask...

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month.  Every year for the month of November daring and intrepid creators unite their persistant passion to write, and embark upon the task of finishing a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.

So, how do I a food blogger incorporate this into my blog?  By telling you what a crazy NaNoWriMoER eats during this insane journey.  When trying to surmount such a difficult feat in such a short amount of time, you need foods that will help you cope and perhaps even help the creative juices flow.  Everyone handles this venture of verbosity in their own unique ways, and everyone has their own hang ups and bouts with writers block.  Many writers find that their muse doesn't strike until after midnight, so their stashing their diet Cokes and popping their dark chocolate covered espresso beans. I happen to have a less difficult time finding my muse and a harder time getting my inner critic to shut the hell up.  So what did I eat to ready my mind and body for day one of this adventure?

Three steps to shutting up your inner critic:

1. Eat red meat.
Nothing in this world makes me feel more satisfied and happier than a piece of juicy steak.  I love nothing more than to get my protein by eating some satisfyingly salty red meat.  Not only does this satisfy my hunger long enough to avoid any cravings that may interrupt my writing flow, but it also relaxes me by filling my tummy.

2. Chocolate is your friend.
After finishing my delicious dinner, I realized that I may need a slight jolt to keep me awake as I'm writing, but not a jolt that would wire me up the way a cup of coffee would.  I needed that perfect blend of caffeine and sugar to provide just the right amount of energy, so... CHOCOLATE!

3. "Release your inhibitions... the rest is still unwritten."
Well if you have been reading this blog for any length of time or if you just know me at all you know that I am a wine lover.  I love wine for so many complex reasons, but one of the side effects of wine that I appreciate is it's ability to help you relax.  When you're in a battle with your inner critic, sometimes the best way to win that battle is to weaken your opponent.  Your inner critic is simply your inhibitions gaining a voice.  How do you slow your inhibitions enough that your true voice can come out?  Well, I happen to do it with a little red wine.  And, as an added bonus, most red wines pair well with some kind of chocolate. Score!

my workstation

Anyway, there you have it... This self-critiquing NaNoWriMoER foody's formula for success.

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