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Writing, Chocolate, Writing Routines

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Writing and Chocolate

Chocolate, Writing

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces. ~Judith Voirst

I’m probably not very strong this week. Last night, while writing, I found myself devouring an entire bar of chocolate.It contained no added sugar, but still made me feel guilty. The only consolation I have for them are the 1000-odd words I wrote (which I might or might now throw out entirely).

I have heard of people drinking or smoking to get into the mood, some set music, each person has a different writing routine, addiction. They have on days and off days in their writing. I can’t call yesterday an ideal “on” day for me, but the chocolate salvaged it from being an “off” day.

Writer Al Kennedy writes here about her ideal “on” day. What does a good day at writing for you look like?


Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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4 Comments

  • My ideaĺ writing day involves bucketloads of inspiration, writing like a maniac and enjoying it while drinking great coffee.

  • luckyjc007 says:

    Chocolate for writing….sounds like a perfectly sane idea to me! 🙂

  • Love this post! I am tiptoeing through your blog tonight and came upon this one. My routine is late at night with coffee, chocolate (sometimes!) and cigarettes. I write at night for the silence so that the only words I hear are those of my muses. Great post… I am off to see what else I can find in your archives!

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