Feeling stuck? Need a reliable writing prompt?

I’m inspired by food critic Jay Rayner talking about the joy of critiquing bad restaurants: “…when you’re talking about a bad restaurant, basically you are rubbernecking at a car crash. And the language opens up before you. There are more tools in the toolbox…All good restaurants are good in the same way: they have tables; they have chairs; they have nice food, and it’s served by people who aren’t psychopaths. The number of ways by which restaurants have to fuck things up, the bad ones, leaves me speechless—for a little while, until I sit down to write.”

A smorgasbord of emotions and memories are available for writers working from a food-related prompt. Try one of these:

  • Last time I was really hungry I craved
  • Recent guilty food indulgence
  • Bad food I’m craving now
  • Great food I’m wanting now
  • Disastrous dinner I cooked
  • Accidental masterpiece
  • My favorite breakfast described in slow motion
  • My favorite meal of all time described to a space alien
  • What my mother cooked when I was sick
  • What Dad cooked when Mom was away
  • The last picnic I enjoyed
  • What we ate at the airport
  • Feeding baby “solid” food for the first time
  • My desert-island dinner
  • Spouse’s strange favorite
  • What I can’t eat anymore because I overdid it in the past
  • Food I had to hide (as a kid) so I could leave the table
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Chocolate
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Chicken livers
  • Orange juice
  • Ice cream

You get the idea. If you’re inspired to write something, please share with me? I’d love to read it and post it here (with your permission, of course).

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark