You've heard of method acting where an actor completely immerses themselves in the character. But what about method writing?
When author Rebecca Mascull went to the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire to research her novel about early aviation she got more than she bargained for.
She met pilot Rob Millinship who helped take her writing to new heights.
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It was the first step in a journey that took her back in time Rebecca Mascull from Grimsby began writing The Wild Air - a novel about the early days of aviation.
Her research brought her to Old Warden in Bedfordshire.
Rebecca said: "In an ideal world you would be flying around in Edwardian aeroplanes but the next best thing is to come to the Shuttleworth Collection and see these incredible aeroplanes."
She met Rob Millinship who is one of the few pilots who does fly around in Edwardian aeroplanes.
He was adamant about what she had to do: "I got quite cross with her and said she really shouldn't be writing a book about aviation unless she'd experienced herself."
The first step was climbing into a Bristol Boxkite - the same aircraft her main character Della Dobbs learns to fly in 1913.
Rebecca said she was surprised by the complexity of the plane and how open the pilot was to the elements as there is no cockpit or fuselage to speak of.
The Bristol Boxkite is priceless so teaching Rebecca to fly it was not an option.
But she was sent off in the simulator in a single seat aeroplane where she had to learn to fly, as Della did, on her own
And for the final test - Rob persuaded a very reluctant Rebecca to take flight for real in a Cessna light aircraft.
Rebecca's novel takes the main character Della flying into the Great War.
After her experience at the Shuttleworth Collection, in the flight simulator and in the air Rebecca knew she had to re-write sections of her book.
She said: "As soon as I got home I re-wrote all my flying chapters because I knew they were wrong. It was really important to me that everything that happened in the plot could have happened in real life."
And in some respects it did. Thanks to Rob life imitated art.
Writing a book about a woman facing her fears, Rebecca ended up conquering her own.