Writers, Have You Heard About The Occupation Thesaurus?

Hi everyone! As promised, today I have something fun to share…a special chance to win some help with your writing bills. Awesome, right?

Some of you may know Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writers Helping Writers. Well, today they are releasing a new book, and I’m part of their street team. I’m handing the blog over to them so they can tell you about their Writer’s Showcase event, new book, and a great freebie to check out. Read on!

Certain details can reveal a lot about a character, such as their goals, desires, and backstory wounds. But did you know there’s another detail that can tie your character’s arc to the plot, provide intense, multi-layered conflict, AND shorten the “get to know the character” curve for readers?

It’s true. Your character’s occupation is a GOLD MINE of storytelling potential.

Think about it: how much time do you spend on the job? Does it fulfill you or frustrate you? Can you separate work from home? Is it causing you challenges, creating obstacles…or bringing you joy and helping you live your truth?

Just like us, most characters will have a job, and the work they do will impact their life. The ups and downs can serve us well in the story.

Maybe you haven’t thought much about jobs in the past and how they act as a window into your character’s personality, interests, and skills. It’s okay, you aren’t alone. The good news is that The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers is going to do all the heavy lifting for you. (Here’s one of the job profiles we cover in this book: FIREFIGHTER.)


To celebrate the release of a new book, Writers Helping Writers has a giveaway happening July 20th & July 23rd. You can win some great prizes, including gift certificates that can be spent on writing services within our Writer’s Showcase. Stop by to enter!

Resource Alert: A List of Additional Jobs Profiles for Your Characters

Some of the amazing writers in our community have put together additional career profiles for you, based on jobs they have done in the past. What a great way to get accurate information so you can better describe the roles and responsibilities that go with a specific job, right? To access this list, GO HERE.

Happy writing to all!


My review is imminent, although I’m still researching for the right job for a secondary character. Maybe a Ghost who’s a Writer or a Priest who moonlights as a hacker.

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll attempt posting my thoughts on what is already a five star essential in this writer’s reference library.

Stay tuned – as well as safe, secure, and inspired.

8 thoughts on “Writers, Have You Heard About The Occupation Thesaurus?

  1. I have a big advantage in that I used to work in recuritment, and covered a huge range of industries, but even so I reckon this could be very useful to me for the more hightech roles. Careers and personalities, especially personal values, are definitely linked.
    I often reach for the Emotion Thesaurus when I’m editing. It’s invaluable!

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    • A tremendous advantage, Jemima – on one level. What surprised me was the extra details around the occupations I knew from my career path or novel research. It will be an essential like the Emotion Thesaurus for me.


  2. Hey, maybe this could help my son figure out what kind of job he wants… failing that, at least I could branch out some with my characters 🙂

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  3. Roland, again, thank you so much for everything – letting me steal your blog, your review, and especially all your support over the years. You are a gem and I am so appreciative!

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