Does what you eat affect your writing? Do you fortify yourself with a favorite food or drink? Do you eat more, or less when you’re in the middle of a manuscript? Do you pace your house and think, nursing a big mug of milky tea all the while?
I sit for a while at my desk and sketch out my writing for the day. The pen is in my right hand, a piece of toast in my left. Eventually, I get up, make myself a cup of tea, and go to the computer. I type, drink my tea, make more tea, type some more, drink more tea. I stop when I simply must pee. Eat lunch while reading what I just typed. Jot down some more notes. Go back to the computer and type. Is this scene going to work? I need to think about this. I grab an apple and pace around the floor, gnawing, while I work out the details.
Crunchy food is good for action scenes, and so is spicy. Chips and salsa are a perfect snack for a chase or a fight. Chocolate for romance, of course, or red wine. I like a good cup of herbal tea when I’m describing nature. If it’s autumn, something made of pumpkin evokes the season. I write a historical series set in the American Mid-Southwest that features a lot of eating and cooking big, heavy, rich meals. I do have to research these meals, naturally, and nothing gets me in the mood to write about farm eating like a big pile of mashed potatoes and gravy.