An innocent post on a Facebook group has led me to realize something about my writing. I didn’t do it on purpose, but all my characters have jobs that I have had in a way. The actual interest area or industry is different, but otherwise there are things I have in common with them.
In my current screenplay, my main character (MC) is the owner of a hunting store. While hunting is rather foreign to me, I have worked retail, I own my own business, I have a business degree, and I grew up in areas where little work gets done because so many take time off to hunt.
My novel, the Page & The Magician, has my MC go from working in parliament to helping rehabilitate others like her. I’m not overly politically minded. I have worked for several government organizations and I do have a diploma in social work.
In my WIP, The Blood Waitress Club, my MC works as a game store clerk. Again with the retail only this time bringing in my passion for geeky things. Then she ends up in roller derby and life changes drastically for her from there.
My I-swear-I-will-finish-it-one-day book, Scion, is perhaps the oddball as the MC is a nurse with a lot of scary level survival and fighting skills. I’m literally stuck in the woods on that one and I will eventually find my way out. I need to as I have plans for two of my worlds to eventually intersect. There her job has to do with martial arts I suppose. It’s more of a stretch than my other works thus far. Maybe that’s really why it has been so challenging for me?
Anyway, I found it neat to see that I have been writing what I know without knowing I was doing it. Maybe someday I’ll be able to write from the perspective of a super successful novelist or screenwriter who never has to worry about money! One can dream 😉