When I write fiction, I tend to give characters the jobs that I’d like to have. As an author, I often think about working as a professor, librarian or bookseller. But lately, I’ve been thinking it would be fun to give a character one of my fantasy jobs—you know, the stuff you could never-in-a-million-years do but really wish you could?
Lately, I have been fantasizing about becoming a bag designer. Yeah, I know—I cannot draw, don’t have any connections to the fashion industry, and haven’t taken a design course. But for the past six months, I’ve been on a fruitless search for the perfect tote—and nothing I’ve found matches my needs and price range. One day, while browsing at one of my favorite bag stores, I thought: “I should just design my own!”
But until I become a famous bag designer (hey, stranger things have happened), I will give one of my characters my dream job. For today’s writing prompt, take a career you have always fantasized about—baseball player, rock star, fashion model, executive chef, or . . . . Research the job for 5-10 minutes online. Take another ten minutes to write a scene starring YOU, working at your dream job. Be sure to include sensory details: what are you feeling, what does the room smell like, what are you wearing, and so forth.
I’d love to hear what you are dreaming about doing. Leave a comment about your fantasy career and a sentence from your writing practice!