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Chocolate, the Ultimate Writing Inspiration

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More than one person recently emailed me an article which says that chocolate fights coughs better than codeine. This is the kind of science I like! I feel a coughing fit coming on—quick, pass the M&M’S.

Of course, I’m not sure what it says about me that people know I’d be interested in this kind of study. I guess I’ve developed a little bit of a reputation as a chocoholic. Okay, maybe a big reputation.

Chocolate inspires my writing in a significant way. Not only do I eat it while I’m writing, but my main character, Mollie McGhie, eats a lot of it while solving mysteries. Chocolate does help you think better, right?

Do you ever find things happen for a reason? I had been working on the next book in the series—Poisoned by the Pier—which has a sub-plot that revolves around Mollie’s husband going on an extreme diet. I was trying to figure out a way to work in a chocolate reference that Mollie could use along the lines of “science says chocolate is good for you” when I got sent a link to this study. Perfect! I figured out what scene to plug it into and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Now, if I could just find a study that says that chocolate is good for weight loss and my life would be complete.

Are you a chocoholic? What’s your favorite chocolate treat?

8 thoughts on “Chocolate, the Ultimate Writing Inspiration”

  1. I eat dark chocolate every day. I ate it for the two weeks I was sick and coughing, and now I’m better, so I guess it worked. The dr. refused to give me codeine for comparison, even though it was obviously for a legitimate scientific comparison. I was going to send you a link for a “scientific” weight loss study, but after reading this, I’m not sure there is one. :-O

    I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How. https://io9.gizmodo.com/i-fooled-millions-into-thinking-chocolate-helps-weight-1707251800

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