Dramaquill's All Things Writing

March 27, 2008

The Power of Chocolate

With Easter just behind us and several chocolate eggs still sitting on my counter, I am reminded of the many comments I’ve read over the years on writers’ forums and listserves.

A writer posts the sad news of yet another rejection.  His/her fellow writers chime in with supportive comments and one common suggestion:   Eat some chocolate.

Another writer posts the jubilant news of an acceptance or even better, a payment from a publication.  His/her fellow writers chime in with congratulatory comments and one common suggestion:  Eat some chocolate.

As I stare at a small pile of brightly wrapped chocolate eggs, I begin to wonder why chocolate seems to be the treat of choice, whether it’s to console the rejected writer or help the published writer celebrate a success. 

What exactly is the power of chocolate?

One site online suggests that chocolate effects the same parts of the human brain as marijuana, however, it would likely take 25 lbs. of the yummy confection to create the same buzz as smoking one joint.

Another website tells of a study where the results suggested eating chocolate might actually enhance cognitive performance, including verbal and visual memory.

And I’m sure we’ve all heard that dark chocolate, in small doses (like the equivalent of 2 Hershey kisses/day) is actually good for our hearts.

There are even studies debating the positive and negative effects of chocolate on our moods. 

But as writers, does any of this apply to our reasons for eating chocolate as we are subjected to the ups and downs of the writing biz?
I don’t think so!

The power of chocolate is that it makes us feel good – at least temporarily. 

Now put down that chocolate easter egg and get back to the business of writing.


  1. 25 pounds? Holey mackeral, I think I’ll stick to the occassional joint.

    Comment by Paul — March 28, 2008 @ 6:14 PM | Reply

  2. I love chocolate, and have it once a while, my husband absolutely craves it: he cannot go to bed without a bite of chocolate in him!

    Comment by damyantig — April 2, 2008 @ 12:31 AM | Reply

  3. I know a lot of people who absolutely can’t live without chocolate. I’m wondering if maybe that’s why it’s such a common treat amongst writers???

    Comment by dramaquill — April 2, 2008 @ 1:45 PM | Reply

  4. I just read something about caffeine instigating a need for sugar. Oh, this explains it all!

    I am now cutting my caffeine intake and will see if that decreases my passion for sugar (that is, in the guise of chocolate.) I’ll let you know how it works out.

    But what about those two solid chocolate Easter bunnies from a designer chocolate-maker’s boutique that are still in the cupboard?)OK, first those, than the reduction in coffee, which I swear! helps me stay awake to write after being at work all day.

    Comment by oh — April 6, 2008 @ 11:38 AM | Reply

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