As a writer, you want your characters to have some depth. Maybe they need some interesting quirks, or maybe they just need a job. I often find that when I’m cranking along on a story, it’s really helpful to look through a list of options when I need to make a decision about a character. While it’s by no means exhaustive, here’s a list of common jobs for you to use in your creative process. These are the kind of jobs you’d find in any typical town, so this list is particularly helpful if you’re working on cozy mysteries. If you think of something that should be on this list, leave a comment and I’ll add it!
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Cleaning lady (or cleaning gentleman?)
Discount store clerk
Fast food worker
Gas station clerk
Painter (of either homes or landscapes)
Real estate agent
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.