Odd Jobs

The seeds of a story can be found in anything that piques readers’ interest.

What about a character who has an odd or unusual job?

  • A flight attendant on Air Force One
  • A maid or chef at the White House
  • Tooth Fairy
  • Buffy: Vampire Slayer
  • Kindergarten Cop
  • The Whipping Boy

Perhaps your character has a job that’s unusual for them:

  • A grandma who’s a private detective
  • A murder investigator who can’t stand blood or germs (Monk)
  • An unlikely superhero (Superman, Spiderman, Batman…any of them, really)
  • An advice columnist whose own life is a mess
  • A deaf musician (think: Beethoven)
  • A handicapped athlete


  • People make their livings in many unusual ways! Start a file of odd or unusual occupations.
  • Brainstorm about people who are an odd fit for the job they do. What story ideas do you find there?
  • What would be YOUR perfect dream job?


About Lynn Dean

Lynn Dean dictated her first story before she could write and continued to write stories, illustrate them, and bind them into books throughout childhood. As a homeschooling mom, she enjoyed passing a love for writing to her own children and ten years of co-op students.

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