Why Awkward Family Photos Is My Favorite Source For Character Inspiration

If you are a fiction writer and you don’t have Awkward Family Photos bookmarked, you are really missing out.

There is such a story here. If someone else doesn't write it, I will.
There is such a story here. If someone else doesn’t write it, I will.

I know these people. I have seen these photos in people’s homes. I can write about them.

The conflict is easy to find. If you find conflict, you have a story. Write for 10 minutes about the stories that you can imagine behind the photos.

Hmm, I always thought the future would have more chrome.
Hmm, I always thought the future would have more chrome.

People really are weird. Your characters needs to be unusual, unpredictable, three dimensional and rich. You won’t find better inspiration than from this site.

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Perfection is boring. Gritty, embarrassing, awkward people are much more interesting. My theory is that readers like to read about characters they can look down on . The entire purpose of this site is to make fun of people. If you use a quirky character photo instead of say, a model’s photo, you see beauty in the imperfection, the story is better because the reader can identify with it.

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Perfect for mysteries, horror, fantasy, romance or comedy. And if you are a literary writer, you should be in heaven.

Happy holidays from me and the contributors to Awkward Family Photos. Here’s hoping that your photos are less awkward.

 

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