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Will Write for Coffee: Writing/editing among the most caffeinated of careers, per study.

I can’t get through the morning (nor afternoon, nor evening, nor midnight hours) without coffee.

For a caffeine addict, I’m mighty particular — my coffee must be espresso-strength, fresh-brewed, and mellowed with warm, frothy soy creamer.  If I’m feeling really wild, I may sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. I prefer to sip from a specific blue ceramic mug, hand-painted in Poland and purchased at TJ Maxx.

My daily routine is thus: Wake up, feed cats, boot up  iMac, make coffee, write, make coffee, edit, more coffee, write, more coffee, rinse and repeat and repeat. People ask, “How can you drink coffee at night? How do you sleep?

My response: “I’m a writer. I don’t sleep.” But coffee wouldn’t stop me from doing so. My body is too caffeinated for that.

I’m glad to see that I’m not so unusual, after all. A new survey by CareerBuilder and Dunkin’ Donuts shows that editors, writers, PR, and media workers are among the nation’s top coffee guzzlers. You see? It’s part of our job description.

But some workers go through even more cups of Joe. Food preparation/service workers came out on top. Scientists gulp their share of Starbucks, as do sales reps. Nurses, too.

What do you need to get through your workday?

And if you need assistance with a writing or editing project, I can help. Just let me first switch on the Keurig.

Write on —

by Maryann Hammers — your solution for all writing and editing needs

11 comments on “Will Write for Coffee: Writing/editing among the most caffeinated of careers, per study.

  1. Michelle Gaseor
    October 23, 2012

    I would second that! At my publishing office, the coffeemaker is always on. Although, I’m personally more partial to tea. Now that pumpkin spice is back, though, I think I’ll be turning to the darker side for a while.

  2. wlouison
    October 23, 2012

    I love both coffee and tea and I love all kinds of both. I’m not partial to one kind, brand or flavour. Any coffee that has caffeine is delicious. And I, too, have a special, blue ceramic mug I love to drink from. Except this mug has a big Superman sign on it. Your blog, so far, is pretty fun.

  3. Maryann Hammers
    October 23, 2012

    Love that pumpkin spice . . . .!

  4. Maryann Hammers
    October 23, 2012

    Thanks, wlouison! I love the image of the Superman mug helping to get you through the day (and night).

    • wlouison
      October 23, 2012

      Oh we’ve been through a lot of stories together….!

  5. irisvalentene
    October 24, 2012

    Wow… So it’s not just me who chooses to drink particularly strong cup of coffee in the evening…

    And across the pond we’ve only just received the splendours of pumpkin spice, still, I’m starting to fantasize about the red cups now…

    Egg Nog…

    • Maryann Hammers
      October 24, 2012

      Iris, be assured you are not alone in your strong night-time coffee habit. I have my cup sitting next to my desk right now . . .1:13 a.m. Do you have Trader Joe’s where you are? Their Gingerbread Spice coffee is delish . . . and only available during the holidays.

  6. irisvalentene
    October 26, 2012

    Unfortunately no,
    Starbucks has pretty much taken over most of England, still they have their own Gingerbread Latte which isn’t half bad…

    I only issue is that when I order anything from most Coffee shops, it never seem’s to be hot enough, I absolutely loath luke warm coffee…. It’s like being left on the side of the counter for 5 minutes on purpose…. So sometimes it’s best to just stick to an Americano. Can’t beat a classic.

  7. Lycaenion
    October 27, 2012

    I don’t actually drink coffee (because I hate it) but I go through life consuming massive amounts of tea instead. I can’t seem to function well without it.

  8. Tyler Lehmann
    December 21, 2012

    Haha, this was a fun little gem. It’s good to know my caffeine intake isn’t all that unreasonable, after all. Speaking of which, I think I’ll go “refuel” now and get back to my own blogging. Thanks for posting!

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