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The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers

(Writers Helping Writers Series #7)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Releases July 20th, 2020.

What if you could fast-track the reader’s understanding of a character without chunky paragraphs of description that kill the story’s pace? And what if you could use a common element of daily life to explore story goals, relationships, themes, and even the character’s internal growth? You can. It’s time to activate the power of your character’s oc
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 20th 2020 by JADD Publishing
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Q: ... the possibilities are endless for delicious conflict. (c)

Another great volume aimed at giving the aspiring (and not-so-aspiring) the tools (or even a shedful of those!) to showing our characters working, choosing chareers, moving forward (or in plenty other directions) with their aspirations.
Love how it's recommended to tie the occupation in with the human needs (from the most basic ones such as survival to the more advanced like fulfillment). What makes human pursue particular jobs, what
Sacha Black
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As far as I'm concerned, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have immortalized themselves as automatic buys for the rest of eternity. If you're a writer, do yourself a favor and make sure you add this book to your craft shelf. The Occupation Thesaurus is, without doubt, another home run. Ackerman and Puglisi take character occupations to the next level by showing you how to:

Connect occupation to your book's theme
Create conflict with an occupation
Link occupations to your character's emotional wound
Brandi MacCurdy
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Occupation Thesaurus is yet another priceless author resource released in this series. As with the prior Thesauruses in this collection, The Occupation version is chalked full of insights and information that many writers may not have realized they needed.
My Women’s Fiction stories tend to involve quite a few details about the characters professions. Going through the Table of Contents, I was excited to see the wide variety of careers covered in this book. It would be impossible to contain
Marina Costa
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Occupational Thesaurus is a very good resource for any writer. Plenty 0f jobs listed, as well as their importance in character development under various angles - plot-related, personality-related, theme-related and more. Also, there are several useful writing tips in each of the job descriptions, making it easy for a shy, introvert, little town writer to write characters who have exciting jobs of national importance, with believable details. It is definitely time to make the characters' job ...more
G.L. Tomas
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a good guide. I've loved their past guides but I've always secretly hoped they'd release something that focused on professions. It doesn't have as many common occupations as I would have liked(doctors, singers, things I was hoping would be there). But it does give a lot of incite for the careers it focuses on. There are some quirky career choices(like a food stylist) that make me want to consider diverse career choices for characters in the future. I will be purchasing the physical copy ...more
Rebecca Allen
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
As a writer of books for kids and teens, most of my characters don’t have careers. But I’ve found other thesauruses in Angela and Becca’s collection helpful, so I wanted to check out this new one. Their thesauruses includes The Emotion Thesaurus, The Positive Trait Thesaurus, The Negative Trait Thesaurus, and The Urban Setting Thesaurus, and more.

The Occupation Thesaurus is very user-friendly. It starts with a discussion of how a character’s occupation can help to characterize who they are, give
Allison Collins
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Authors are constantly on the lookout for tools to add to their writerly toolboxes—resources to use to expand their writing, plotting, characterizations. In my opinion, the Thesaurus series from Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is the best of the best. Each book in the series is well-thought out, easy to read and understand, and extremely valuable as a resource. These books take brainstorming, plotting, and understanding characters to a new level.

Therefore, I was thrilled to learn a new book,
Ritu Bhathal
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 u
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What to do when your protagonist is a skydiver, and you've never tried the sport or ever will? You go to the Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. When I received an arc of the book, I was thrilled to find my main character's career among the extensive list of jobs the authors have included in this well thought out guide. As I read through the entry, Angela and Becca gave me an overview of what a skydiving instructor does, wh ...more
Cindy Huff
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, I love this resource. Unlike a word thesaurus that reads like a dictionary and contains a list of synonyms and antonyms this is a far superior tool. As with the other thesauruses by these authors, it too explains in detail tips to improve writing craft. The introduction explains how important the job of your character is to the plot and the characters' personalities. A far deeper look then I’d ever imagined. Each job listing follows the Maslow Pyramid of Needs. I can see how many more lay ...more
Julie Brown
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This will be a permanent "currently-reading" book. I'll be referring to it forever. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find SOMMELIER in the TOC, because my current protagonist is an overworked, stressed out sommelier!
With over a hundred occupations listed, writers are bound to find the ones they want to reference. Even if you don't find the exact job you've assigned your character, there are options similar enough to help flush out that character's work environment, skills, training, etc.
Rebecca Amiss
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy to review.
Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi does it again! I am in love with the rest of the Thesaurus series, and I knew this one would be great as well. Angela and Becca go into great detail on the many, many professions presented in this book. Each entry is incredibly well thought out and well researched. This, like the rest of the Thesaurus series, is a must have for any writer. It is a great guide and tool to have when writing a character's profession and interests. I
Mary Jo  Jo Hazard
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Angela's books; they've made my research, writing, and revising much easier. I refer to them almost every time I write--especially when I'm stuck. I have been looking forward to reading The Occupation Thesaurus and it was well worth the wait. The book more than lived up to my expectations.
I'm a retired therapist and I've never realized until I read this book that a person's job, even an insignificant one, carried so much weight in a story and that readers subliminally pick up on
Danielle Norman
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-must-have
I purchase Becca and Angela's first Emotion Thesaurus when they were signing at an SCBWI Florida conference years ago, I've been buying ever since. They have helped me throughout my successful children's writing career and when I made the jump to Indie and Romance. This one, the Occupation Thesaurus has to be one of my faves. I was writing about a fireman at the moment I received the book and instantly it became worth every penny. Being a former Veterinarian, I checked that section for facts and ...more
Jackie Layton
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a mush-have book for fiction writers. Once again Angela and Becca have created an amazing resource for writers.

I received an ARC copy to review, but I would've bought it anyway. I've bought all of the Thesaurus guides by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, and if I ever lose one, I'll buy it again.

Thanks Angela and Becca!
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In 2012, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, co-founders of Writers Helping Writers and One Stop for Writers, released the first edition of _The Emotion Thesaurus_, a reference guide that has become invaluable to writers. Much like a standard thesaurus, the book offers alternative ways to express various feelings. Since then, Ackerman and Puglisi have gone on to publish several other thesauruses, including those for personal traits and settings.

The latest resource to land on writers’ desks is _Th
Calvin D.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Occupation Thesaurus is the 7th and latest in the line of writers’ guides. As usual, the thesaurus begins with a series of informative articles geared toward how to use occupation to define a character. It begins with a discussion of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and why a character might be motivated to choose a particular career. Discussions regarding how careers characterize, how jobs can create tension and conflict, and how a character’s occupation can be used for character arcs and theme. ...more
Cheryl Rainfield
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Great New Tool For Writers: The Occupation Thesaurus

Writers, if you want to add layers to your character and plot, you can add more by choosing a career that best fits your character’s personality or motivations, or that will bring greater tension to your story—and the best book to inspire you in this is The Occupation Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.

An occupation for your character can help characterize them, generate conflict, reveal dysfunction, or reveal their passion and
Maureen S
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In my twenty-plus years of teaching fiction techniques, I have only recommended a handful of books to my students and clients. That short list includes The Thesaurus Series of seven books by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, the co-founders of Writers Helping Writers.
I now recommend their eighth book, another jewel in their series. The title explains the subject: The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers.
As writers, our primary goal is to create believable, symp
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The many occupations in the world are impossible to list in just one book. So I wasn’t surprised, just disappointed, to find that the two professions I hoped would be included weren’t there. Nor were they available on the additional links provided.

There were a couple of occupations, such as novelist and server, that didn’t really need to be listed. Most of the writers who’ve purchased this book are likely familiar with the job, and most people have a pretty good idea of what a server’s job entai
Kate Mclaughlin
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a big advocate of the Writers Helping Writers Thesaurus series, The Occupation Thesaurus being the eighth book brought to us by the curators of The One Stop for Writers website. It follows a similar format to the previous books, with the first 10-15% of the book giving an in-depth on how the thesaurus works with regards to the psychology and motivation of your characters.

Now Angela and Becca are clear that to list all occupations would be endless but those referenced in the Occupation Thes
Clennell Anthony
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that as a writer, I never really thought to find such a comprehensive guide concerning professions. Every time I have had to research an occupation in several different books and sources, but now, I can flip through this thesaurus. Yes, it's true there are some professions that are not present, but there are so many in the book. What I truly enjoyed about this book was that it wasn't just a list of occupations and their functions. In the beginning of the book, the authors offer a r ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a treasure for a writer. The Occupation Thesaurus belongs on a shelf with writer's reference books. From the job overview to training to character traits that work best, the details in each job entry give plenty of ideas for deepening a character and bringing them to life. Learn what might cause friction in the job or what character might choose that job and the background that might bring that choice about. I highly recommend this reference book, The Occupation Thesaurus. Thank you to the ...more
Annie Lima
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a really useful resource. I anticipate using it for every book I write from now on, to make sure I pick the right occupation for each character and describe the details of their job well. I definitely recommend the Occupation Thesaurus - it would be a great addition to any author's toolbelt. It might even be useful for someone researching a new possible career for themselves! ...more
Mike Emminger
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a relatively new author of fiction (although I wrote legal briefs for 40+ years) and I own every one of this series of books. I am so glad that I bought my very first one, The Emotion Thesaurus, that one book lead me to all the others. I am still amazed at the material contained in each book. I had to get in on the ground floor of this book because the others help me EVERY DAY.

This one, The Occupation Thesaurus, is awesome. I practiced trial law in NY and around the country for many years
H.M. Shander
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Occupation Thesaurus is yet another tool in the writers toolbox. Having read the other guides in this series, I knew I would find many useful tips, and I was not let down.

There are many occupations listed that I hoped would be in there, and there were many new career fields that some of my upcoming characters may have a career change. ;) As a writer who spends hours fleshing out little details about her characters, I especially loved the first few chapters where you really get to dig into a
Lila Diller
This is going to be so helpful! I love the beginning where the authors give many reasons for choosing specific occupations and how to weave them into your story without dumping all the “boring stuff.”

It shows how the occupations of your characters can add layers of meaning, theme, and conflict. Then it lists dozens of specific occupations and helpful information, such as a general overview, necessary training, useful skills, talents, or abilities, helpful character traits, examples of how it cou
Jarm Boccio
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angela and Becca have done it again! If you have never experienced one of their thesauri, it's a must for writers. It is so comprehensive it could be used as an MFA course. Find dozens of career entries, besides the psychological effects, positive and negative aspects and the personality type that might possibly be a good fit for that occupation. It's a writer’s best friend! ...more
Brenda Felber
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hooray, another thesaurus from Angela and Rebecca at Writers Helping Writers, which is exactly what these two do...they help writers! From their website to the previous five thesauruses, we authors are presented with an abundance of invaluable details, references, and inspiration. This newest addition hits at a particularly important point in my writing career as I'm starting a new series. I've already earmarked pages of careers of characters I'll be creating. The sources of friction for each ca ...more
Roland Clarke
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The Occupation Thesaurus – a review

I was privileged and excited to read an ARC of The Occupation Thesaurus. This is my rambling review and I’ll start with the crucial and deserved rating: 5 stars *****

The core of this non-fiction reference book is – as the title suggests – an extensive selection of Occupations with details on them all. I should mention the US emphasis, although the authors clearly state aspects like training/requirements for a job might vary between states and countries. As an e
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ANGELA ACKERMAN is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of 8 bestselling books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (now an expanded 2nd Edition). Her books are available in eight languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.

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