Some stories revolve around the MC's job, such as a detective/cop. But sometimes you can get so sucked into your book’s plot that you forget all about your character’s job or even forgot to employ him/her entirely. Perhaps your character is unemployed. If that’s the case, make sure he/she is on the job hunt. Finding a new job can actually be a minor plot in your story. Maybe your MC stumbles across love while job hunting or at his/her new job.
If your character does have a job, do more than just mention it. Every day billions of people drag themselves out of bed to work. And they do it while dealing with all the dramas of life. Your characters can do the same.
Have your character go to work, interact with a co-worker or two, and deal with a work-related matter. You don’t have to write so much that it’s boring, but you can write enough to show your character as a professional. Nor will you have to write about him/her working every single day. Simply starting a scene with a transition to indicate a character worked will be enough.
NOTE: I’m far from sexist. I believe men and women can both do jobs on the lists below. A heroine can be tough brass and have a job as a mechanic or bartender, and a man can be a model or baker. For some characters, you might want a career that’s more on the manly side or more on the feminine side. Many of these careers can work for both sexes and all sexual orientations.
- Construction Worker
- Car Salesman
- Crop Farmer
- Fashion Shopper
- Nail Technician
- Makeup Salesperson
- Flight Attendant
- Pre-School Teacher
10 Best Careers Based on Earnings
(Researched, no particular order):
- Software/Web Developer
- Physical Therapist
- Social Worker
- Financial Manager
10 Most Common Jobs
(researched, no particular order):
- Truck Driver
- Nurse/Nurses Aid
- Cook/Grill Cook
- Office Clerk
- Customer Service Representative
Now send your character off to work, even for just a page.
QUESTIONS: What do your characters do for work? What have you done for work? What is your current job?