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Thinking Chocolate & Decision Fatigue

Westchester sixth grade Writopians find that chocolate helps them write!

Here lies Thinking Chocolate, so dubbed by this week's group of young Writopians*, who after an hour or so of character hijinks and plot shenanigans, need to resuscitate their writing mojo with a snack.

Fortunately, The Voracious Reader doubles as a tea shoppe and is happy to oblige their whimsies. It takes energy and brain power to create and brainstorm these fantasy stories.

Last Sunday, there was a fascinating article in The New York Times Magazine entitled: Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? discussing studies on how we get mentally exhausted from all of decisions and choices we are faced with. By the end of the day we are worn down and more apt to have poor impulse control and less will power. (As writers, we are constantly making decisions when we are creating new worlds.)

Now it has been proven that a little bit of glucose will replenish your mental capacities, and help you make better decisions.

Thinking chocolate:  not too small to make you want more, and not too big to make you sick. Just the perfect amount to stimulate the brain.

Here they are, modeling with the chocolate: Sam, Claudia, Meagan, Johnnie and Peter. After a dose of thinking chocolate, they are able to dive back into their tales with gusto.

We are only together three hours each morning, and when 1PM rolls the kids can't believe how fast the time has flown. "Can't we write all day?"

With thinking chocolate, anything is possible.

*Writopians rage in age from 8 - 18. You can hear excerpts from their stories at two events during the third weekend of September: Saturday, September 17th at 5PM they will participate in Writopia Lab's Open Mic Night at The Mount Kisco Library, and then on Sunday, September 18th at 1PM at The Voracious Reader in Larchmont.

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