Monday, September 17, 2012
What Flips Your Switch?
Sometimes I can eat chocolate to my heart's content and never suffer a bit. Other times, one measly piece can flip the ol' migraine switch and send me careening into the pain dungeon. Trial and error revealed a few key factors:
1) While chocolate alone doesn't always trigger a headache, a combination of two sensitivities stack the odds against me.
2) My brain reacts to drops in the barometric pressure. If a storm is brewing, I'd better stay away from chocolate.
3) Foods I love, like genoa salami and red grapes, are a no-no and promise suffering when mixed with chocolate.
What flips the switch for "writing headaches?"
1) Lack of time with the Lord and sketchy prayer top the list for me. Inspiration dries up and withers like corn stalks in drought-ridden areas.
2) An unbalanced life marked by too much computer and not enough living sap my creativity. After all, I'm writing about people, places, and things. When I cut myself off from social interaction, I have little to draw on for my stories.
3) Minimal exercise, poor nutrition, and sleeplessness can render my brain mushy and sluggish.
Writers: Your turn. What flips the "writing headache" switch for you?
Readers: What qualities in a book produce a reading "headache?"