‘Never eat more than you can lift.’ – Miss Piggy

When I opened my freelance writing business, I developed a list of operating principles, a code of conduct to help guide my performance and decisions each day. I figured, corporations have operating principles, so, why shouldn’t I?

Principle #5 on my list is I will take a break for lunch every day. Every writer knows the discipline required to “sit your butt down in the chair and do the work,” which is how author Ben Fountain describes the key to writing. I’m pretty good at following his advice, except for that one hour in the day when I disconnect from my WIP (work-in-progress), focus on chewing instead of creating, and fill up my tank.

Food is fuel—especially if it’s a leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sandwich from Thanksgiving dinner.