Thursday, January 27, 2011

Williams-Sonoma OR Walmart?

When writing, do you ever pause to consider the accessories in your character's households? Do they shop at Williams-Sonoma or Walmart?

I'm not a coffee drinker, nor am I a big tea drinker; but I LOVE hot chocolate, and occassionaly, I enjoy a cup of herbal tea. I especially love the aroma of a fresh cup of tea.  Years ago, my husband bought me a gorgeous tea kettle. I know I could use the microwave to warm an infrequent cup of water, but something about the process of putting water in the kettle and waiting for it to whistle brings me joy.

Luckily for me, my husband bought me a wonderful gift (picture below very similar to mine):
Frankly, I would have been sad if he'd gotten me the cheaper version:

We do actually own the second one as well... but we only take it camping, and it's covered with soot.

So... where does your main character shop? How would your character react to receiving one tea kettle over the other?

And keeping with the week's theme of leaving you a link for the day... here are two:


  1. Where you shop says so much about you! and definitely about characters as well. if they are the shopping, image-caring type.

  2. My character is simple. But I'll just let her tell you how much....

    "I liked the fact that my dishes didn’t match. The origins of my silverware were a complete mystery, and it didn’t bother me in the least. A fork is not supposed to be art work. It’s a tool for crying out loud. And personally,I'd still view it as a fork even if the word Craftsman were etched down the handles."

    Told ya. Totally simple. Great post BTW. I love getting to know the characters in everything and their voice of style or lack there of is so important in drawing that perfect mental picture. Hope you are well:)

  3. The choice should say something about the character.