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If you love food as much as I do, then you might put a lot of it in your stories. Food can be a nice touch for any kind of writing: fantasy, non-fiction, mystery, anything! (Is anyone else getting hungry)? Here are three ways to incorporate food into your writing.

1. Represent Your Character’s Culture

Are your characters Hispanic? Vietnamese? An alien from a different planet? Do the readers know that? If not, food is a good way to slip that bit of information in.

Have your protagonist sit down to a delicious homecooked meal made by her Japanese mother: sushi and gyoza.

2. Reflect Your Character’s Personality

Maybe your character is feisty and hotheaded. Mirror that by having her eat a plate of extremely spicy enchiladas. Maybe he is playful and energetic. You can hint at that by having him slurp an ice cream cone by the poolside.

Sure, this one's a little on the nose, but it's something to at least consider.

3. Believe It Or Not, Food Can Be The Key To The Plot

Yes, food can be the key to your plot. Think about Les Miserablés. Jean Valjean would never have gone to jail if he hadn’t stolen that loaf of bread. There are so many different possibilities to use to your advantage. Why not have food play a part in your story?

Have you ever used food in a story?


Write for fifteen minutes about a character that is cooking a big meal for a group of people. They could be relatives, friends, their boss and coworkers, anything you can “cook up.” What goes wrong? What surprises are there in store for your character?

When you're finished, post your practice in the comments section. Have fun and don’t forget to comment on a few other people's practices!

The Magic Violinist is a young author who writes mostly fantasy stories. She loves to play with her dog and spend time with her family. Oh, and she's homeschooled. You can visit her blog at You can also follow The Magic Violinist on Twitter (@Magic_Violinist).

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