Writers, Have You Heard About The Occupation Thesaurus? (And a GIVEAWAY!) @WriterThesaurus @AngelaAckerman @beccapuglisi

Hi everyone! 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 Ackerma 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!

And as A STREET MEMBER, I was given early access to this fantastic resource… I am making sure the order is in for the hard copy, to add to my Thesaurii collection!

The Occupation Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having purchased all the other Thesaurus books in this fantastic set of resources, I jumped at the chance to be able to read an ARC of the Occupation Thesaurus.
If all we wrote about, was what we know, then our characters would be a bunch of people with not very diverse backgrounds and jobs, but lo and behold, we now have a resource that will help us to find the perfect job for our characters, and a list of responsibilities, situations, characteristics required, personality traits, etc. to help us delve into a career we may have no previous knowledge of.
Knowing an occupation, in detail, can really enhance your character, within a story. The place they work, and the job they do can affect them emotionally, and mentally, so having this new thesaurus to help piece together information to flesh out your character’s background is priceless, and can even give you catalysts for behaviours and incidents in your story.
I can’t wait for the hard copy to be available to order, because I’ll be putting my order in straight away on the 20th July! Updated – It’s arrived!!!

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Jul 26, 2020 @ 18:56:01

    Thank you for this wonderful recommendation. At first i will look for mentioned characters i can find here in real world too. Makes it possible to give them a better stand in the upcoming novel (I have to write sometimes in future). Michael

    Liked by 1 person


  2. angelaackerman1
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 23:21:21

    A GIANT THANK YOU, Ritu! You have been so lovely to help us in so many ways, including letting us steal your blog today and taking those great book pictures. A million thank yous. Good luck to everyone here who enters the draw – I would love for someone here to win. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 16:31:09

    Interesting idea for writers’ guides–and great review from you, Ritu. My MFA thesis adviser had lots of great advice, but the one thing that I’ll never forget he said is to show a character at work–that’s how a reader really learns about a character. I always make sure to start my stories doing just this. And I always recommend to young writers that they interview someone who has the job they’re writing about. You’re right that our work–and how we feel about it–tells so much about ourselves. And work definitely makes for more realistic fiction. I rarely read books novels about writers–feels somehow like cheating, to me!

    Liked by 2 people


  4. Erika
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 08:56:31

    Your support for other writers is so kind. I am sure, they all appreciate it more than you might think, sis

    Liked by 2 people


  5. Darlene
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 08:38:28

    I´m glad you find these books as useful as I do. A great review. xo

    Liked by 3 people


  6. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 07:30:36

    I must confess I haven’t read any of these and should! Thanks for the review Ritu. Have shared. ❤

    Liked by 3 people


  7. willowdot21
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 06:43:55

    Very interesting, Ritu, isn’t it 💜

    Liked by 3 people


  8. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 05:06:33

    Thank you for the introduction

    Liked by 3 people


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