Quote It! Writers and Food

Today, three great quotes from authors that connect writing and food–the two essentials in any writer’s life!

Food fuels, literally, my writing. But, in many ways my writing also fuels my eating. I find when I’m about to give birth to a new project, I crave my comfort foods–chocolate (of course), and the three P’s: pasta, pizza, and popcorn.

jamesPatterson“Am I tough? Am I strong? Am I hard-core? Absolutely. Did I whimper with pathetic delight when I sank my teeth into my hot fried-chicken sandwich? You betcha.”

― James Patterson, who in the past three years, has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), is the author of the top-selling Alex Cross detective series that includes Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, both made into films. To date, Patterson has had 19 consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels.

davidmamet“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”

― David Mamet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988), and the screenwriter of The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997).

jrr_tolkien“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, (1892 – 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

What are the foods that fuel your writing? What food do you turn to when things aren’t going well? When you’re about to kill a character, do you amp up the caffeine? What are your food and writing connections?


Michael Ehret, for Writing on the Fine Line

Mike-9Michael loves to play with words and as editor of the ACFW Journal, he is enjoying his playground. He also plays with words as a freelance editor here at WritingOnTheFineLine.com, where he often takes a writer Into The Edit, pulling back the veil on the editing process. He has edited several nonfiction books, played with words as a corporate communicator, and reported for The Indianapolis Star.


14 thoughts on “Quote It! Writers and Food

  1. A topic near and dear to my heart – FOOD! Apart fom brussels sprouts and asparagus there’s not much I won’t eat, but my favorite comfort foods are grilled cheese sandwiches w/ tomato soup, and anything crunchy and salty with a Dr. Pepper – most recently Ruffles and french onion dip. Mmmmmmm. Time to make a grocery store run. Oh, I have a secret drawer in the desk where I write where I keep Dove chocolates, just in case. 🙂

  2. As much as I love chocolate, it gives me sugar crash, so I don’t indulge while writing. Give me a cut-up tart apple or a bowl of orange segments!
    The pie theory seriously tempts me, though.

  3. Yes, I definitely load up on caffeine when writing, in the form of numerous K-cups or Starbucks, if my hubby’s inclined to stop on the way home and bring me some! And those Dove chocolates–just today, my Dove wrapper said, You’re gorgeous!” How can you RESIST chocolate that says nice things to you?

  4. Hot tea and fruit for me. Perhaps some dates and nuts. And who isn’t tempted by chocolate? But I must ration. If I’m eating while writing, I keep reaching for the food. It’s a good thing my desk isn’t in the kitchen. 🙂

  5. I absolutely love this post! I’m a foodie so my food cravings vary, but I have to say when I’m going through a rough writing patch I crave anything with salt. And coffee. Salt and coffee.

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