Snack Essentials for Writers

Jill KemererToday, I have a guest writer, author and friend Jill Kemerer, here to share with us a GIVEAWAY of her Love Inspired book, Small-Town Bachelor and also share with us her favorite snacks as a writer. Can you relate to any of these?? I sure can! YUM!

Snack Essentials for Writers

By Jill Kemerer

Writing. So daunting at times. I don’t know about you, but there are days I have to pull out all the stops just to open my work-in-progress.

One thing that helps me is having emergency snacks nearby. I’m not talking about organic almonds or carrot sticks. Oh, no. I’m talking real incentive. An afternoon pot of coffee with loads of bad-for-you sweetened creamer. Chocolate galore. Pure sugar in the form of hard candies. Yes, those are the snacks powerful enough to motivate me to tackle even the dreaded synopsis.

Here are my snack essentials for writing.

  1. M&M’s

Plain, peanut, it doesn’t matter. The minimum amount of M&M’s to have on hand would be a “Sharing Size” bag. Note: this used to be called the “King Size,” but their marketing tactics have changed. Whatever they call it, I’m not sharing. I usually pour a healthy dose into a baggie and pin it directly to my bulletin board. The emergency chocolate is always within reach.

  1. Runts, Gobstoppers or Bottle Caps

Revising can be an ugly beast. That’s why I have pure sugar with a little flavoring and dye added for color. My favorites? Runts, Gobstoppers or Bottle Caps. All provide the boost of sugar so desperately needed. If you like a little tart to go with your sugar, you might want to try Sprees or SweetTarts.

  1. Gum

I keep peppermint gum and bubblegum on hand for overcoming a writing block. I’m not sure why popping a fresh piece of gum in my mouth unlocks my creativity, but it does.

  1. Water—hot or cold

I started drinking three liters (3/4 of a gallon) of water a day right before Christmas. It’s a habit now, so I’m sticking with it. Staying hydrated helps me through the afternoon slump. If that doesn’t work…coffee!!

  1. Coke

I’ve reduced my soda consumption, but I keep an emergency can of Coke in our garage’s fridge at all times. At least twice a year, I have a morning so insanely awful I NEED that Coke before 11am!

I know it looks as if I’m a sugar addict. Looks don’t lie. I make NO apologies. It keeps me productive!


Thanks so much for hosting me today, Janette!



About Jill ~

Jill Kemerer writes inspirational romance novels with love, humor and faith. A full time writer and homemaker, she relies on coffee and chocolate to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules.

Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund, Jill adores magazines, M&M’s, fluffy animals and long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.  Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Small-Town Bachelor ~

A Place to Call HomeSmall-Town-Bachelor-Cover-Jill-Kemerer

When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his   part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield  offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in.

Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She’s this city slicker’s opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can’t ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can’t imagine ever leaving her behind…


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What are your snack essentials when writing?

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8 comments on “Snack Essentials for Writers

  1. I love plain M&Ms or Brookside dark chocolate pomergranate. Now for the salty it’s usually pretzels or recently it’s been Chex Mix. Jill, your book sounds good and the cover is very inviting. Love the interview.

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