Drinks for Your Main Character

“Drinks for Your Main Character” by Joan Y. Edwards


It’s possible that what your character’s drink is significant to the plot in a crime novel. It might on the surface look like her favorite drink, but it could be tinged with poison.

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Does your main character drink too much of a certain drink that causes him health, relationship, or money problems?

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Does your character refuse to partake of certain drinks because of their taste, cost, or because of the memories they invoke?

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Is your main character stranded on a desert and see visions of all the drinks on this page of my blog, yet cannot get a single sip of water?

Does your character have a way of brightening up another character’s day with whipped cream designs in a cup of hot chocolate?

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Does the villain in your book try to romance your protagonist with a high-priced meal and wine! Is she fooled?

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Is your main character forced to stay in a rinky-dink hotel and not even have money to get a soda from a soft drink machine?

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Does the owner of the motel hear him complain and offer him a cup of coffee free?

Christmas Coffee Mug


Does your main character wake up on the farm? Does he know how to milk the cow to get enough milk for his family for breakfast or will he resort to asking for help?

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Did your main character buy strawberries at the store and use them to make smoothies?

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Oh no, your main character found out she’s allergic to strawberries! Perhaps she can reward herself with a chocolate milk shake instead!

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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed browsing through my story ideas and pictures. Thank you, www.morguefile.com. It is wonderful that they allow us to use these pictures for free.

What is your favorite drink? What will you never drink even if someone paid you a hundred dollars?

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2014-2019 Joan Y. Edwards

Other questions for you:

  1. What Shoes Does Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Does Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Does Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Does Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Does Your Main Character Eat?


12 thoughts on “Drinks for Your Main Character”

  1. Joan,
    Thanks. This was fun! I have a breakfast scene in a WIP and your post has given me the idea to add spilled milk. Simple, but it adds more tension to the scene. I’m sure others will keep these suggestions in mind when they’re writing too.

  2. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for writing. I’m glad this post was fun for you. I had fun writing it and collecting the pictures. It’s neat that you thought of a way to add drink to your work-in-progress. Spilled milk is a simple addition, but, you’re right, it adds tension to the story. I’ve seen in movies where they have one person talking about the spilled milk and the other is talking about something completely different.

    Celebrate you and your gift of writing
    Never Give Up

  3. Thanks, Joan. Answering questions like these helps us understand our characters better.
    In “Emily’s Ride to Courage,” Emily’s mother is a doctor, so the family mainly drinks healthy things like water or milk or iced tea, but the occasional soft drink is allowed. Emily especially likes real lemonade.
    In “Terror’s Identity” Brent’s parents don’t put up a fuss about soft drinks, though Mom doesn’t buy them very often. Brent likes coffee with a lot of milk.
    In “Bad Hair Day,” Ayesha’s mom, a pediatric oncologist, doesn’t keep soft drinks in the house, but that doesn’t stop our girl from drinking them when she can. Still, she is conscious of her figure, so she’s careful about her sugar intake. The other main character in this book, Rachel, drinks a lot of milk. She wants to be a large animal vet and is raising dairy cows. She works too hard to worry about her weight.
    Take care and happy Thanksgiving, Sarah.

    1. Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for writing and sharing what your characters drink and why. When readers know the answer to the why question in a story, it helps them relate.

      You’re welcome for the post. I’m glad that my questions help you understand your characters better.

      Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for you as a reader and as a member of Pub Subbers.

      Celebrate You
      Never Give Up

  4. Joan, another great way to develop our character for our manuscript! I love the one with no money to get drink out of soda machine and the motel person gives him one 🙂

    1. Dear Kathleen,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you liked the post and think it’s a great way to develop your characters for your manuscript. It’s great that you liked the one where the character didn’t have money for the soda machine but the motel person gave him one.

      Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful you are my friend and you read and comment on my blog posts, too. How sweet!

      Celebrate You
      Never Give Up

        1. Dear Kathleen,
          Thank you for the Happy Thanksgiving wishes and being thankful for our friendship!

          Celebrate you
          Never Give Up

    1. Dear Susan,
      Thank you for writing. You’re welcome. I’m glad it was fun for you and you liked the morguefile link. They have great pictures! It’s like being in an art gallery. I can spend hours browsing.

      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up

    1. Dear Jennifer,
      Thank you for writing. I am glad that this character series is thought provoking and helps you think about your main character.

      Happy Thanksgiving.
      Never Give Up

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