O is for Occupations

O is for Occupations!

Alright everyone, I’m not going to lie…I had a lot of trouble thinking up a subject for O! I’m not entirely sure why this is, it’s not an overly difficult letter, really, but it just wasn’t clicking for me.

So, I’m asking another question, because I love hearing how other writers and readers work through their own stories, and what they love/hate experiencing in other works! And today, I’m talking about occupations.

What kind of occupations do your characters tend to have? (Or if you write about teens/kids, what do you think they could end up doing/what do they strive to do?) I absolutely love stories in which the main characters have really unique interests…if I’ve never even heard of the occupation, lovely!

I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of characters who like to write…obviously I understand this, and it’s likely something close to the author’s heart, but I’ve seen it too many times, I think. But with that said, there are certain interests (classical musicians, ghost hunters, librarians!) that I never really get tired of, so I suppose it’s mostly personal taste.

My own characters vary quite a bit. Some have unheard of professions, while others have distinctly “plain” jobs…different goals for different types of people. But I’d love to be inspired by some little heard of profession, and work that into a character’s story. I think the opportunities there could be amazing.

How about you? Ever read/written something about a really unusual occupation? Have ones that you always want to read about, or those that make you cringe?

6 Responses so far.

  1. cleemckenzie says:
    This is a great O word. Most of my characters (the main ones) are teens or middle graders. But if I have a parent in the story I choose the occupation that fits the social setting: investment banker, farmer, truck driver, soldier. . . to name a few.
  2. Maggie Goins says:
    Psychics frequently pop in.
  3. S.K. Anthony says:
    I agree with the writing profession thing. It doesn't bother me too much, but I don't and wont use it. I think lol. So far I guess my characters' life revolves around their professions so it matters. In the future,I guess if it wasn't a big deal, I'd like to choose an unusual occupation though. 😀
  4. Lexa Cain says:
    This is a hard one. They say "write what you know," but I've had very unusual jobs, and not ones most people could identify with. I try to pick exciting, but "normal" jobs for my characters, like Paramedic.
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  6. Deshipley says:
    Several of my characters end up being musicians. Less common occupations have included free-lance ship captain, Renaissance Faire director, and reality television star/vampire hunter.