It’s possible to stare at the contents of a refrigerator for a long time when you don’t want to do something. The sight of food is compelling in a powerful and primal way. Entire television cable networks have been launched by lunches.
The sweet siren songs of food have pulled many an unsuspecting writer into the deadly maw of the refrigerator, and long periods of avoidance. As a writer you’re vulnerable because your poor, addled brain is desperately seeking something to soothe the cerebral suffering generated by the challenge of writing. It knows what is in the fridge, and it wants you to get it.
You have to eat, and if your nutrition is poor, writing ability is affected because the brain has to be well fueled to accomplish what a writing project requires. But when you get up from the desk because you feel stress, as opposed to hunger, you are reinforcing a habit that interferes with your writing goals.
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