I'm a snacker. I like to eat and I like to do it while I write.
I usually reach for the pretzel sticks, my current snack of choice, when I'm stuck and I've been stuck often. I guess I can be thankful that my snack is pretzels and not cheeseburgers.
For me, I think it stems the fact that I need something to do with my hands. Ask my friends, I can be very fidgety. I'm either using my hands to help me make my point while talking, or tapping my fingers, biting my nails (a terrible habit, don't do it), playing with my hair…I could go on.
When I get stuck when writing I just can't sit there and think about what to do next. I need to literally chew it over, usually on a pretzel, but its been carrot sticks or almonds. Some sort of snack has to be within my reach or else I'm stopping altogether to hunt down a snack.
Even though the majority of eating while writing is just snack foods. Occasionally I'm situated in front of the computer over a meal, like now. Now I am eating a taco, not computer friendly food, but I'm managing 😉
Not only can eating while writing add more inches to your waistline than words to your manuscript but it gets your keyboard all icky. I often joke that I can turn my computer over and an entire meal would fall out of it.
However, I guess it's better to feed your computer than to have it steal food/drinks from you. If you want to know what I mean, venture into #pubwrite one night on twitter and ask @EMJenkinson about her evil drink thieving keyboard.