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So, I've been planning this story about a character that travels back in time, and I thought I'd just put some tips down in terms of research (what to look up, what to search, etc).

1) Google Books is amazing, and I mean amazing.  The amount of free books and the ability to limit your search to a certain time range makes it essential.
2) Who's the enemy?  Depending on the time period, there is likely a war afoot.  If your character is an American in England during the Napoleonic Wars, would that influence the way they are treated?
3) Read books published during the time period.  Why?  Other than the obvious reasons, you can learn how people used the language.  Also, check out language phrasebooks.  A french book will have the phrase in both languages, thus showing how the average person would say things.
4) Try to find stories about real people.  A great way to make a story believable is to base it off of real events.  You'll find stories that are so ridiculous, you'll be amazed.
5) Learn about the little guy.  I'm talking about the lower class people other than the servants.  In many time periods, you were lucky to be hired as a servant.  Try to find out what other options a person had--and how it was viewed.
6) Research animals!  Cats, dogs, and horses have been around for centuries and the great thing about them is that their behavior is still the same.  
7) Crime.  What were the big crimes of the day?  Counterfeiting was a serious offense, and in some cases, you could be hanged or even burned at the stake for it.  Also, check out the way the laws worked during your time.  If they didn't have police officers, how did a thief get caught?  (Fun Fact: in Georgian England, if you were stolen from, you had to catch the thief and then get a law enforcer to deal with it.)
8) Trade.  If your character doesn't have money, they can steal, however, they can also trade.  Business wasn't always as it is today, learn about the way people did business.  Also, learn what was valuable back then.
9) Trash.  What did people throw away? (What was free?)  And how did you get it?  Did they have a city dump in your time period? 
10) Nature...if your character is starving how will he/she get food?  Grass, as cats and dogs know, is indigestible.  The meat sold during your time period may be rancid.  Is your character going to steal some bread?  Are they going to dig up some poor farmer's crops?


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ratorama Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!
Bigsteel Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018
Thanks for faving my watercolor, "Boat on a Misty River."
the-evil-legacy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank for the watch ! ^^
ButtZilla Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
Thanx for the +fav & keep up the good work! La la la la

Lord Jesus Christ bless you!

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Cris-Nicola Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your fav!
Inktober day 14 TREE by Cris-Nicola  
And Happy Holidays!
Smoozles Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017
Thank you for adding my Italy picture to your favourites.
FredaSurgenor Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Professional
Thank you so much for the :+fav: on Morning reflections, Venice, most appreciated.
DianaFoxyVolturi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav :)
LadyMintLeaf Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the :+fav:!!:D
cabepfir Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for the watch :)
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