Man with Phone Writing Prompt
Some of the very best stories are character-driven, so take a good long look at him and make some snap judgments as we all do based on appearance. Write down his approximate age. Late twenties, thirties, or forties? His maturity or lack thereof will have a huge bearing on how he reacts to his situation, whatever that turns out to be. What are your guesses about the not-so-obvious stuff such as his nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, and religion? You might ask why the little details should make any difference. They may not in real life, but this is fiction we're trying to create. The more character details you can rough in before you start writing your draft, the better. The details will sometimes complement each other and sometimes create incompatibilities, which is what generates conflict. Conflict gives rise to plot.
What about his profession? Definitely white-collar rather than working class, right? But he doesn't just have to be a businessman. Is that a cheap suit he's wearing? Maybe he's a detective, a scientist, or working for the government. Is it expensive? He might be in finance or show business. If you think he's a lawyer, does he practice civil or criminal law? Take another good look at the photo. Does he seem stressed out as if he has been stranded somewhere in the wilderness? Is he calling for a rescue? Or is he at peace and turning off his cell phone? Let your imagination run free as you write his story.
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