As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer.
When choosing a talent or skill, think about the personality of your character, his range of experiences and who his role models might have been. Some talents might be genetically imparted while others are created through exposure (such as a character talented at fixing watches from growing up in his father’s watch shop) or grow out of interest (archery, wakeboarding, or magic). Don’t be afraid to be creative and make sure the skill or talent is something that works with the scope of the story.
Description: creation through the carving or molding of a medium. Traditionally, sculptors worked with common materials such as clay, stone, metals, or plaster. But modern sculpting can include a variety of exciting media: wax, ceramics, sand, ice, paper, fabrics and other textiles, recycled materials, etc.
Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: manual dexterity, strong finger and hand strength, a discerning eye
Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: creativity, passion, resiliency, being thick-skinned, discipline
Associated Stereotypes and Perceptions: tortured artists; socially awkward hermits; male figures
Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful: a situation in which someone of importance is looking to commission a sculpture; when someone needs an emotional outlet, stress relief, or form of escape; sculpting as an area of giftedness for someone who is deficient in other important areas (intelligence, beauty, popularity, etc.)
Difficult Scenarios for Someone with this Skill: living in a society where the arts are under appreciated or banned; suffering from arthritis or another debilitating disorder of the joints; being surrounded by people who see artistic pursuits as a waste of time; having the desire and drive but lacking the usual skills required to be successful
Resources for Further Information:
Basics about Sculpting
An Online Gallery of Sculptures
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