Crumbs in the Keyboard: The Definitive Guide to Writing Snacks by Stephanie Kate Strohm

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I would consider myself a professional snacker, except, unfortunately, no one has yet paid me to snack. So let’s go with Enthusiastic Snacking Amateur. Snacking while reading is, of course, a delightful hobby – I’ve often been known to eat a single pancake with my bare hands while in the middle of a particularly engrossing chapter, like a literary monkey exercising self-restraint in an IHOP – but snacking while writing is a science. Here is my tried and true list of writer-approved snacks to fuel you for those long stretches until your next chapter break.

WARNING: If you’re thinking, “Stephanie, don’t you get crumbs in your keyboard? Has there ever been a day where your screen wasn’t partially obscured by a Rorschach blot of cream cheese frosting?”, the answers to those questions would be, “constantly” and “maybe once in 2012”. Snack with caution, my friends.

The Crunch:

Wheat Thins. I’m sure we all have our crunchy-salty-go-tos, and mine has always been Wheat Thins. My entire college experience was powered by Wheat Thins. And questionable romantic decision making.

The Sugar Fix:

M&Ms. My God, does a more perfect writing snack exist? No, it does not. It is rumored that Dostoevsky wrote all of The Brothers Karamazov in a single sitting, fueled only by M&Ms supplied by his landlord’s kindly daughter, Masha.

The Sweet and Salty:

  1. Eat a Wheat Thin
  2. Eat an M&M
  3. Repeat

The Cheesie:

For those times when making a grilled cheese is just too hard.

  1. Toast two slices of bread (if you feel fancy! Toasting is unnecessary)
  2. Put slice of cheese on each slice of bread
  3. Melt cheese on bread in microwave
  4. Smush cheese bread together
  5. Eat

The Lazy:

  1. Dip spoon in peanut butter jar
  2. Eat

The Responsible:

For those who are taking care of both their health AND their computers.

  1. Blend 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup frozen pineapple and 1 banana
  2. Put in a cup with a lid and a straw
  3. Sip in a dainty, ladylike fashion

Honorable Mention: I wrote all of Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink while eating nothing but Edy’s slow-churned Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. I do not recommend this, however.

Happy snacking, fellow writers! I’d love to hear about your favorite writing and reading snacks in the comments!

Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of YA novels Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink and Confederates Don’t Wear Couture.  When she’s not writing, she can usually be found baking delicious pies, knitting hideous scarves, and sneaking her dog, Lorelei, into shops all over Chicago.  Her next book, The Taming of the Drew, will be published by Sky Pony Press in Spring 2016.  For more info, like Stephanie on facebook, follow her on twitter and check out her blog.


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