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The Occupation Thesaurus Writing Guide Is Here!

Posted on: July 20, 2020

New Resource & Giveaway Alert

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

I love Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writers Helping Writers, and have written about their amazing resource, The Emotion Thesaurus here. If you are familiar with this book, you know how great it is for developing a character and moving the plot along. Well, today these two awesome women are releasing a new book, and I’m pleased to be part of their street team.

I’m handing the blog over to them so they can tell you a bit about their Writer’s Showcase event, new book, and a great freebie to check out. Read on!

Certain details can say a lot about who someone is, like a character’s goals, desires, and backstory wound. 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.

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 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. You’ll be able to pick the perfect job for them and discover how to weave it into the very fabric of the story.

Here’s one of the jobs profiled in this book: FIREFIGHTER.


To celebrate the release of a new book, Becca and Angela are running a giveaway from July 20th to July 23rd. You can win some great prizes, including gift certificates that can be spent on writing services within the Writer’s Showcase. Stop by to enter if you like!

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!

Available at all your favourite bookstores

The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers

48 Responses to "The Occupation Thesaurus Writing Guide Is Here!"

I have a couple books in the thesaurus series and they’ve been such wonderful and helpful resources when writing. Great new addition!

I have found these books so helpful while writing my Amanda series. This new addition is amazing!

Angela Ackerman’s The Emotion Thesaurus was my go-to when I wrote Mennonite Daughter. Such a rich resource! I’d love to win The Occupation Thesaurus or Character Job List. I’m sure either one would come in handy in future writing. 🙂

Thanks for offering this, Darlene!

The Emotion Thesaurus as well as a couple of the other books, Positive and Negative Traits, have been very useful to me as I write my Amanda books. I like the idea of an Occupation Thesaurus as I truly believe you learn a lot about a character by his or her occupation.

Darlene, this is a marvelous idea for a book! Angela and Becca are brilliant to do these books. I’ve nearly always given my characters occupations (I even include a column in my story matrix). To me, that makes it more real. I’ll definitely check this out. Hugs all around.

Everyone needs a job, even if it’s one they don’t like. You’re right, it makes the characters more real. The children in my books don’t have jobs, except to be kids, but their parents certainly do as well as other adult characters. Hugs back!!

That is wonderful! I’ve been waiting for this. I’m going to check out their blog, the book, and the giveaways!

Thanks, Jacqui. You won’t be disappointed.

This sounds very interesting, Darlene. I know that my characters often work in finance in a corporate.

It’s an area you know well. But sometimes you may need a character in another field. I try to give all the adults in my books a job, even if it’s not mentioned in the book. Although Amanda’s parents are both accountants!

This looks like a great resource for fiction writers.

Excellent for fiction writers. Thanks.

What a wonderful resource for writers. Actually, it’s a brillant idea. Great insight into other occupations a writer may need to know a little more about.

We often give our characters jobs that we know little about. Many times an occupation will help to show who the character is and why they do what they do. A great resource.

This looks like a very useful resource! *sharing*

It is a great resource. If you are looking for the right occupation for a character, or need to develop a character based on his/her job. Also good for writer´s block!

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for letting us know about it.

You are so welcome. It certainly comes in handy for developing a character and moving the plot along.

Darlene, thank you again for all the help, the kind words here, and for so kindly letting us post about the giveaway. We’re excited about being able to help a few people out with their writing costs. I hope at least one winner comes from your readers!

My pleasure, Angela. I love your books and so do my readers so I’m happy to promote the new book and the great give-away. xo

This book looks interesting, Darlene. Thanks for sharing it. Occupations are important in characters! 🙂

Thanks, Lisa. A great resource. xo

Hi, Darlene – I’ve read about this thesaurus on Jill’s site. It sounds like an awesome resource!

It is great. Thanks!

Sounds like a great resource for novelists. 🙂

Looks like a fantastic resource for those writing fiction Darlene. Wonderful how the writing community supports one another.

Very useful for fiction writers. It is a fabulous community. Xo

Sounds like a very useful resource, Darlene. Thank you.

Thanks, Norah. I find all these books very useful.

That’s a good recommendation, Darlene.

I love these books! They’re user friendly and filled with valuable resources- will definitely check this out.

User friendly is right! I love these books.

Thanks for sharing this Darlene….awesome resource for writers.

Thanks, Kirt. It is indeed.

I have three of their books and find them very useful. 🙂

I use their books a lot. They are all very useful. The best cure for writer´s block too.

Oh,sounds fab! I already have the other great books in this series. This will complete it! 🙂 x

This one is excellent in so many ways.

Hi Darlene, That sounds amazing and sooo helpful. Thanks for sharing it. Toni x

It is very helpful and as writers, we can use all the help we can get.

Thanks Darlene. Will check this one out.

An excellent resource and a great book for idea-generating.

Looks like a great resource to help move me along…..thank you Darlene for the update.

We need all the help we can get. Hugs!!

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