Story Starters: Worst Job in the World

Here’s another Story Starter, perfect for getting kids and adults writing. This one is based on my short story ‘Tooth Job’ from My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up. The illustrations in this post are by the extraordinary and kooky Gus Gordon.

‘Tooth Job’ was inspired by a story told to me by an old friend when we were discussing the worst jobs that we had ever had. His worst job was delivering teeth and, in my story, things go very, very wrong for Tom Weekly on his first day in the tooth delivery biz.

Story Starter
What do you think would be the worst job in the whole world? Is it grubby or embarrassing or dangerous? Get a blank sheet of paper or a fresh page in your writing book. Brainstorm a big list of ‘Worst Jobs’ (make them up if you like) and then choose one of the jobs and write ‘A day in the life of a …’

In the TV series Dirty Jobs they feature a worm dung farmer, a snake wrangler and an owl vomit collector. For inspiration, check out this list of episodes from Dirty Jobs:

Good luck!



  1. Anonymous
    September 3, 2012 / 9:52 am

    I think the WORST job in the world would be (drumroll please)…
    I mean, think about it.

  2. September 13, 2012 / 9:26 am

    Have been thinking about it quite a lot. And, yes. You're right. Is that an official occupation? I'm going to google it and see what exactly they do with the doodoo once it's been recyc'd. (Hoping it's more like jumpers rather than food.)

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