Writing Fantasy || Characters 3 – Occupations

 

Your characters will need something to do on a daily basis while they wait for the epic events of their story to unfold. Start with your main protagonist. What do they do as an occupation? Do they work as a clerk in a shop, go to school, apprentice, or are they independently wealthy? Depending on your story genre, the answer to their occupation may be a different answer entirely. Maybe your protagonist is a dragon trainer!

Writing Fantasy || Occupations - Dragon Trainer
Writing Fantasy || Occupations – Dragon Trainer

What Do Your Characters Do For A Living?

Your storyline will determine your characters’ occupations according to what you need to happen. In order for your story to flow well, your characters may need to be in a particular place at a certain time for a spectacular fight scene, for example. Who will be involved in the scene? If you have a wonderful protagonist who’s going to be fighting, how do they fight and why? Are they saving a fair-haired maiden from the clutches of an evil villain or are they catching her as she falls from a cliff? One scenario would lend better to your protagonist being a knight; in another story, your protagonist may be a wizard who projects a beam to catch her mid-air. On the other hand, if you’re a romantic at heart, the protagonist may be a handsome prince who just happened to be riding by and catches her in his arms as she falls (swoon).

According to the occupation you choose for your characters, they will need the ability to carry out their work. Be sure to write in their abilities somewhere to keep your characters believable. For instance, your young scholar may not have the physical strength to wield a five-foot sword, or the understanding of human anatomy to know where to land a fatal blow.  Remember to show their skills at work, not just tell your readers about them.

10 Occupations and Accompanying Abilities

WIZARD – Magic, Focus, Research

PIRATE – Sailing, Leading, Navigating, Thieving

KNIGHT – Swordsmanship, Strategizing, Loyalty

GLADIATOR – Physical Strength, Combat Skills, Fearlessness

BLACKSMITH – Forging, Metallurgy, Craftsmanship

RANGER – Travelling, Stealth, Archery

CLERIC – Teaching, Learning, Wordcraft

BARD – Musician, Singing, Entertaining

VAMPIRE HUNTER – Night-Shift Worker, Precision, Analysis

SHEPHERD – Animal Farming, Patience, Protecting

 

In her book, ‘Worlds Unseen’, Rachel Starr Thomson writes a compelling story about an orphaned girl, a dying council member and a gypsy. Her characters come together from different occupations to battle the unseen forces of evil. “A wonderfully realistic fantasy world” – Jill Williamson, author.

What occupations fit well with the story you’re writing? What will your main protagonist do? Do they enjoy their work? What unexpected twists will drive them to do something extraordinary? Do they long for an awesome adventure? You’re exactly the right person to give them one!

Till next time, I hope you are blessed.

Lynne

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Author: Lynne Collier/Author

Hello. My blogs are mostly about my work as a writer, my faith as a Christ follower, and my childhood in mid-century England. My hope is that something I say will put a smile on your face today and encourage you in your journey.​

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