This is a really clever idea. It’s challenging for those of us who write historical fiction. However, when I was researching “Bayou Fire” in New Orleans, I lucked into an exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection about the shopping experience in 19th C. NOLA. How might you apply this to your own work?

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Do you want to get to know your fictional characters?

Do you feel like you and your characters need to bond?

Don’t despair!I have an amazing new trick for writing better characters. It involves two of my favourite pastimes; writing and shopping.

As writers we need to create interesting and compelling characters because no one will enjoy reading about them if they are dull and lifeless.

We have to make our imaginary friends come alive and to do this we need to know them inside out.

I have been reading a lot of writing craft books and they all seem to suggest filling out questionnaires in order to get to know your characters. This is a great technique but if you want to take things a step further andreally enjoy yourself at the same time – take your imaginary friends shopping! Yay!

Going shopping with your fictional characters is…

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