First off, I want to thank everyone for your comments and words of advice on Wednesday’s post. I’m slowly but surely getting back up on that horse. Even if I didn’t really write a drunk thank you letter to the agent, I did think about it, for like, a second. But thankfully even tipsy Katie knew it wasn’t a good idea.
But it got me thinking about how some authors use alcohol to loosen up their characters. Take Posey, from Kristan Higgin’s ‘Until There Was You’. She’s always been shy. Too shy to ever spark up a conversation with her teen crush and major hottie Liam. Yet get a couple drinks into her and this is what happens:
“Nice dress,” Liam said, giving her a disdainful scan.
“Bite me,” Posey said.
His eyebrows rose in surprise. “Sorry?” he asked.
Oops. Maybe he wasn’t disdainful. Maybe she was channelling or projecting or whatever that word was.
“Nothing. How are you Liam?” He didn’t answer, engrossed in his phone. Ass.
She glanced at Liam, who was still checking his stupid phone.
“How are you, Cordelia?” he asked without looking up. And did he have to use that name?
“I have leprosy,” she said.
“Cool,” he murmured, his thumbs texting away. Posey rolled her eyes. Whee! The room spun.
“So, how do they treat leprosy these days?” Liam said, sliding his phone into his pocket, and Posey choked a little on her drink.
A drunken interlude can allow an author to show a different side of their character's personality and essentially do something ‘out of character’ without actually being out of character. It can give an unexpected glimpse into who they are- not only to the reader but to the other characters in the book; creating or destroying relationships and often times advancing the plot. In short- if you're stuck and not sure what to do with your characters, get 'em all drunk in a room and see what happens!
I haven’t gotten tipsy in a social setting in a really long time. But for the most part, I’d have to say I’m a happy drunk. Actually, I tend to think I’m a comedian and start making jokes left and right and laughing my arse off. The only problem is, I think I’m hilarious. The other people there? Not so muchJ
So tell me peeps, imagine we’re all having a hypothetical party at Creepy’s place tonight. (It’s Friday after all!) What is your drink of choice and what aspect of your personality is most likely to come out? Are you a weepy drunk? Angry drunk? Stripper drunk? Happy drunk? Needy drunk?
Have a great weekend everybody!