To make wine: squash some grapes, add some yeast, leave it for a bit. People have been doing it for thousands of years – it’s not difficult. But here’s the thing – what should you do with the wine once you’ve made it? Here’s an idea: get your characters drunk.
It’s said that if you want to develop a proper character – one that lives and breathes, then you have to know a lot about him or her – way more than you will ever use in your story. What better way to do this than to get them drunk on wine!
Wine has long been used as a social lubricant. You only need to think about some of the things people do and say when they are drunk that, when morning comes, they cringe to remember. Confessions, public declarations of love, family secrets, skeletons in the closet – all of these are things that round a character out, and all of these are discoverable under the influence of wine.
So, grab yourself a bottle and a couple of comfy chairs – settle yourself down for the evening with your favourite characters and drink yourself to knowledge.