9/24/10

Hungry Writer....

A moment to talk about the relationship between food and writing; my relationships with both are very healthy, not to worry. As I have stated here many times, I love to chop and cook and bake when I am writing. Cooking helps me think and sitting at a desk for so many hours in a row requires me to be very healthy about what I snack on. I always eat healthy, but simply not moving, at all, for hours, means that I am not turning all that food into fuel the same way I would be if I was out and about. But I have noticed that I do eat more when I am stuck, or anxious or finding something really hard to do, like my new screenplay. I find myself thinking, salty, sweet, savory? Which will it be now? Or I drink too much coffee. Although, I don't actually feel like I can drink enough these days. Although most interestingly, is that whenever I say, okay, no more...fill in the blank. It is all I want. The same thing happens when I demand that I write xx number of pages a day! In other words being rigid with myself means that I get the least done and am less than my happiest self.

The moment that I get more flexible with my goals, say, 3 pages today, but 5 tomorrow, or no pages yesterday, 10 over the weekend, I meet my goals. And the same is true of eating and drinking for me, if I tell myself, less coffee and wine, more water, or less salty snacks, than I guarantee that I will eat and drink way less than if I say none at all.

What this all means to me, and it is a realization that has been years in the making and every now and then I am forced to remember, is that I am not a robot. I am a creative person sitting in front of a desk pulling cotton from my brain and turning it into prose and if that means that I need to stay in my pj's, eat cereal for lunch, have a second cup of coffee, that is alright. As long as it is healthy, whatever it is that allows me to stay for hours at a time at my desk and create, then so be it.

So I won't be an elite athlete, or a supermodel, or even a professional chef! But that's okay, I'm a writer, a writer with a soft spot, literally, for soups and stews, and vegan scones. So be it!

Have a great weekend everyone! I will be eating and writing all weekend long!

3 comments:

the actor's diet said...

i find that when things are busy/flowing my appetite lessens. i guess "the hunger" is being satisfied by creativity. but i have to say, i have felt inspired by a bar of chocolate before....

rveaton said...

sounds like you're in a groove, way to go - I like the high awareness of yourself and what you need in order to do what you're doing - I agree, and I think a big part of the job is awareness of your own mechanisms, being aware of what you need in the moment to keep moving forward, step by step, without necessarily focusing so much on that day's output or measuring the product - lately I find I'm just focusing on concentrated effort, the product will look after itself...

Gina Sorell said...

Lynn, chocolate is always inspiring!

Robert, I have to say that it doesn't much feel like a groove, it feels more like a tunnel, a long one, and the only way to get to the end is to keep moving forward! But thank you, and I agree, so necessary to know ourselves as artists, and essential to just keep on keeping on!

 
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