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: Having basic knowledge of physiology and the human body that enables one to administer first aid to the injured or sick in time of need.
Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: being good under pressure, having good recall
Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: calm, confident, decisive, alert, perceptive, responsible, resourceful
Required Resources and Training: Some initial knowledge is required for a person to be adept at physically treating others. Basic knowledge of human physiology, medicines or herbs, life-preserving techniques, and injury treatment is necessary for someone to be able to aid others in the event of an emergency. In the modern day, formal training in the form of classes and course work supply this knowledge. In the past, much of the same information was imparted through apprenticeships and life experiences.
Associated Stereotypes and Perceptions: EMTs, paramedics, doctors, midwives, and nurses are most commonly recognized as being proficient in first aid. But other non-professionals are also associated with this skill: boy scouts, survivalists, lifeguards, forest rangers, etc.
Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:
- a car accident
- in the aftermath of a natural or man-made catastrophe
- a post-apocalyptic scenario
- a riot
- a life-or-death situation (an infant drowning, a heart attack or stroke)
- living in an isolated environment
Resources for Further Information:
Basic Disaster Supply Kit
You can brainstorm other possible Skills and Talents your characters might have by checking out our FULL LIST of this Thesaurus Collection. And for more descriptive help for Setting, Symbolism, Character Traits, Physical Attributes, Emotions, Weather and more, check out our Thesaurus Collections page.