Do you like your job? Does your character like his job? Does your character know his job well? Do you know your character’s job well?
Welcome back to The Writer’s Bookshelf. This week, we’re all about talking jobs and careers for your characters. After all, they have to work somewhere, right? And where they work may affect how they act, or think, or respond to crises. Likewise, if you’ve paid attention to our last two weeks of episodes, then you’ll figure out that knowing their traits and emotional wounds may also move them closer or further away from a particular career. Have you given him or her a career consistent with his emotional state? Is he right for the job?
And what job does he have? Is he a police officer or a firefighter? What about an architect or chef? A landscape designer or treasure hunter?
Well, these jobs and so many others are all featured in this week’s book of focus, The Occupation Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi, and if you’d like to know more, then you should watch me talk about it in my latest video.
And don’t forget to check out the book at the link below, and be sure to explore Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi’s other thesauruses for a complete suite of character development tools. They’re all useful.
by Angela Ackerman & Bella Puglisi
· Paperback: 318 pages
· ISBN-10: 099929637X
· ISBN-13: 978-0999296370
· Publisher: JADD Publishing (July 13, 2020)
Note: This book and other thesauruses by Angela Ackerman and Bella Puglisi contain entries that can also be checked online via their database of definitions at One Stop for Writers. This service not only contains the same entries that you can find within this and other books in the series, but they have additional categories exclusive to the service (like weather and color thesauruses), as well as a character creator that allows you to integrate traits, emotional wounds, etc. directly into character creation. If you’re an industrious writer who likes to know his or her character before writing about him, then check it out.
Check out other entries in the Writer’s Bookshelf series here.
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Series Note: We’re taking a break next week to discuss paperback creation with software tools like Affinity Publisher. But never fear! The Writer’s Bookshelf will return July 16th.