If you can’t think of a story, then, instead, focus on learning who this character is. Consider who this person is? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler? Where is this place? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?
If it helps, here’s an exercise that a professor taught me that is really helpful for character development.
Consider these facts about your character:
– Name & Age
– Where do they live?
– Three (3) personality traits
– Their favorite drink
– Shoes of choice
– One thing they can make with their hands
– The first time they realized they they were bad at something
Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.