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Do all writers have iron stomachs when they’re writing?

English: Western corn rootworm (Diabrotica vir...
This is an adult version of a corn rootworm. I decided not to share any larva images in case you are eating while reading my blog. | English: Western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte) on corn (Zea mays) Italiano: Diabrotica su foglia di mais (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am so glad I decided to go for a walk this morning. For some reason, I always get my best ideas while I’m out for a walk. Today, my walk ended in a jog, as I was in such a hurry to get home to scribble out this new scene.

I grabbed my notebook and pen, then turned on the coffee maker and threw a slice of whole grain bread in the toaster. I wrote while making my breakfast because I knew I would lose steam if I didn’t get some food in my stomach and caffeine coursing through my veins.

At one point, I realized I needed to know what a corn rootworm looks like so I could show it in the scene. I ran from the kitchen table to my computer with a piece of toast dangling between my teeth. A quick Google search produced a plethora of gloriously disgusting images of corn rootworms in every stage of life, from egg to larva to beetle.

Suddenly, I realized I was happily munching away on my toast while looking at these disgusting, slimy, squirmy worms and pupae. And it didn’t faze me at all, because I was in the zone. This was some brilliant stuff, and I was finally getting somewhere. Oh, the exhilaration!

Are all writers insane, or is it just me? What’s the weirdest thing you have ever done while #inthewritingzone? Please share in the comments below.

~Amanda L. Webster

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4 thoughts on “Do all writers have iron stomachs when they’re writing?”

  1. I enjoyed your excitement, the weirdest thing I’ve done is to stop mid-conversation to run to find a bunch of sticky notes, and pretty much wrote and laid out a whole story while walking around my house —

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