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Happy Wednesday 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 Ackerman 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 today 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 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 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!

Thanks for sharing all your advice and for providing writers with an awesome resource, Angela and Becca!

Here's what's coming up:

Monday, July 27th I have an interview with Olivia Wildenstein and a giveaway of her YA romance Not Another Love Song 

Wednesday, August 6th I have an interview with debut author Sasha Laurens and a giveaway of her YA fantasy A Wicked Magic and my IWSG post

Monday, August 10th I have an interview with debut author Chris Negron and a giveaway of his MG contemporary Unmasked

Monday, August 17th I have an interview with debut author KayLynn Flanders and a giveaway of her YA fantasy Shielded

Monday,  August 24th I have an agent spotlight interview with Veronica Park and a query critique giveaway

Hope to see you on Wednesday!


Ilona Bray said...

What a great idea for a book for writers to draw on!

Angela Ackerman said...

Thank you so much for letting me hang out at your blog today, Natalie! I am so grateful I "met" you in the writing community cyberspace - you are so very supportive of us. <3 Biggest hugs!

Jemi Fraser said...

Angela and Becca are wonderful - and I love their thesauruses (thesauri???)

Liz A. said...

So very true. Figuring out a character's career is so very important.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Oh, wow! A lot of good stuff here. Thanks. Finding some new careers looks like fun. (My hubby was a firefighter years ago before he passed on, but I never wrote a story about one. Maybe I should. I like the idea.

Angie Quantrell said...

Congratulations! What a great resource!

Max @ Completely Full Bookshelf said...

This book sounds like a super-useful resource for writers! Thanks for sharing!

Rosi said...

I love Angela and Becca's books. I don't have this one. I'm very excited it is out. Thanks.