on Career Authors:
By some estimates, we spend a third of our lives at work.
Let that sink in: A third.
No wonder it’s so important to at least try to love what we do. And no wonder so many of us switch gears along the way.
Like it or not, our jobs help to shape who we are.
So it is for fictional people too.
In some novels, a character’s job is a footnote, a distraction from the real plot—which is happening at home, or off on some holiday, vacation, or adventure. In others, the job is central: Think medical dramas, police procedurals, legal thrillers, workplace romances.
In both cases, we can enrich our stories by giving extra thought to what our characters do all day. Consider: