Note: Realistic characters are not always the best choice depending on your story and creative medium. I personally rely on relatable characters to drive my plot forward and engage my audience, but if you don't, that's okay! Below are some of my lessons learned on the best way to create characters that feel authentic, but I definitely do not have all the answers.
There are a million articles reflecting on the concept of writer's block - what it is, why it happens, and what it says, existentially, about you.
This is not one of those articles. I promise there are lots of good ones, and I encourage you to google for them. I'm not concerned with what writer's block is, or what it says when my motivation dips - I want quick, easy ways to get through it. That's what this article is for.
In my humble opinion, food makes any situation better. One of my favorite movies is Oceans 11 (who doesn't love classic George Clooney?), and in that move Brad Pitt's character is eating in almost every scene. Something about that quirk feels very real to me - because I, too, am eating in almost every scene of my life.
When creating a fantasy world, food is one of those things that helps add dimensionality to the environment. Think about it - when we visit new places, one of the first things we do is explore the food there. You get off a plane or out of a car, and stop at the nearest coffee shop or burger joint. Food defines a lot of different places - Maryland Crab, Chicago-Style Pizza, New York Bagels....the list is endless.
Bridget is the author of Summer Twilight, available for purchase now!