E is for Eating and Writing
"I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this." - Cormac McCarthy
Now you may think this is silly, after all how hard is it to sit and eat a meal between writing jaunts? But the problem for me wasn’t finding the time to eat. It was remembering to eat at a normal time.
When I first found out Hurricane Crimes was going to be released for KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), I only had two short weeks to do my cover reveal and to start planning my blog tour. I was strapped to the computer from day to night, frantically sending out emails to bloggers to graciously (aka desperately) ask them to host me on their blog. Between sending out my emails, I was also scheduling dates to the bloggers who got back to me and sending them the information they needed. During all of this I would work straight through my lunch hour and end up eating lunch at 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm.
Worst yet, I wasn’t drinking anything. I’d wake up and hop on the computer, neglecting my morning cup of green tea just so I could see who emailed me during the night while I was unplugged from the Internet world. After a few days, I started to feel weak and lightheaded and realized I was probably dehydrated. I downed water and worried I’d have to have visit the ER. Luckily, it didn’t get to that.
But before all of this took place, a month before, I was hip deep in editing the galleys for Hurricane Crimes. I was also visiting my doctors for the heart problems I was experiencing. In the beginning of October I was surprised to see I was down two pounds. Two weeks later, at another doctor visit, I was down another two pounds. Then in November another two. I was working myself so much—skipping breakfast and eating lunch late—that I lost six pounds! All of my jeans were baggy. Not good!
So, if you’re like me, forgetful when it comes to meals and staying on top of the daily recommended dose of H20, change your habits. Your health literally depends on it. After all, you can’t write if you’re in the hospital for dehydration!
Bring water to your desk, keep healthy snacks in your drawer, and take proper breaks to eat. All of your emails and editing and writing will still be there if you step away for a few minutes to make a sandwich or get a glass of water.
Stay healthy, my friends!
QUESTION: Have you ever forgotten to eat during a writing jaunt?
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