Let’s chat about the jobs a character may have. Do their jobs really matter? Does the character even NEED a job?
Honestly, most characters appear to not have much of a job, or if they do, their jobs are so flexible that they can run off on some heroic journey and all is well.
Many of my characters are YA, so they’re in school so they apparently can just ditch it whenever they like. No one will notice, it’s cool.
I feel like jobs are so rarely focused on in these books, like in real life can I just not work for a few days and nothing happens? DOUBT IT!
I liked how in the Halfway Witchy books the main character’s job is part of her personality, and she does talk about getting coverage before she takes on a mission.
I agree with Julie that in some cases, especially with YA, the character’s jobs are really not relevant. Or often barely mentioned. There are some exceptions:
The jobs in the Stephanie Plum series are essential character qualities. Stephanie is a bumbling bounty hunter; Joe is a cop; Ranger does whatever Ranger does, let’s call that private security. Even the secondary characters like Lulu and Vinny are defined by their jobs.
The same applies to the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover. The stories revolve around a tattoo shop, and the artists who work there. Even the spin off series Saints of Denver has carpenters and lawyers.
When I think of most characters, though, their jobs are not what first comes to mind!
How about you? Are there any characters with distinct jobs that you can recall?