All of us have been afflicted with writers block at one time or another. It sucks. Weeks of over-caffeination mixed with imaginational stagnation leads to a downward spiral of keyboard smashing and moleskine burning. However, you don’t have too look far for inspiration. Actually, your friendly corporation down the block has some wonderful ideas for characters, just in case you need some help. People say literature is dead, but I think we can bring it back to life with the following character sketches of the modern consumer.
I ran across these archetype personalities while perusing Amazon on Black Friday. They’re meant for shoppers who are having a hard time trying to find gifts for beloved ones. Said shopper is supposed to label their potential recipient as one of Amazon’s helpfully re-invented American demographic categories. Then, Amazon will tell our intrepid yet uninventive shopper what that “character” wants. This prefabrication of character and desire provides great fodder for short stories. Wink wink. Continue reading