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Why Writers Should Take Their Diet Seriously

In the last couple of Monday posts on writer productivity, we’ve been looking at nutrition and exercise. While researching all this, I learned some neat things. I realized that my body regularly craves almost all the best foods for productivity. I don’t think it’s just a matter of coincidence, that I happen to like these foods.

Rather, I believe it’s evidence of my body talking me and I’m listening. In recent years I’ve come to crave almonds (I also read that they contain something needed during menopause, and that’s also a factor in my craving). But I also crave walnuts, avocados, and eggplant.

What I’m thinking is that, while our bodies sometimes scream “Go buy a pizza or a triple-decker ice cream cone,” if we strain to listen beyond the superficial craving (which is often our bodies saying “I need glucose”),  maybe we can hear that true biological voice telling us what we need as we’re cranking out those books.

I’ll crave different foods at different times of the year, and I believe that’s in line with our biology. Summer is when fruits are plentiful, with their high sugar, to give us lots of energy for heavy outdoor physical activity.

If we consider we were made to work harder and more hours in warmer weather and rest and be mostly dormant during cold seasons, it makes sense. In the winter we long for heavy, thick soups and potatoes. Foods that make us warm and sleepy. Continue Reading…

What to Say and Do during a Literary Agent 1-2-1

Today’s guest post is by Sarah Juckes.

More and more literary agents are stepping out from behind their piles of submissions to attend writing conferences and events now. And why not? Getting out there and meeting writers is a great way to ensure that the next big thing lands on their desk.

But what of the writer? There’s something comforting about sending a perfectly polished cover letter to an agent over email and having plenty of time to craft the perfect reply. Meeting an agent face-to-face, however, is a whole different matter.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll like to arm yourself with facts before your first agent meeting and come prepared for every eventuality. So, in the interest of being prepared, here’s an overview of what to expect from your agent 1-2-1. Continue Reading…

How to Create a “Writer Productivity Diet”

Okay, we’re going to have a little nutrition lesson here, and if this makes you cringe, I promise to keep it as short and sweet as possible.

Glucose is at the heart of energy. What is glucose?

It’s a type of sugar you get from foods you eat, and your body uses it for energy. As it travels through your bloodstream to your cells, it’s called blood glucose or blood sugar.

We’ve all heard something about “blood sugar levels,” but you may not have paid much attention to this subject or considered the part it may play in your productivity.

While we are looking at the B in the Productivity ABCs—biology—I would be remiss if I left out a discussion about glucose.

Simply put, we need energy to be productive. We need sugar.

But not just any sugar. Continue Reading…