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.
Knowledge of Explosives
Description: Having knowledge of and experience with creating and detonating explosive devices
Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: knowledge of chemistry, steady hands, dexterity
Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: cautious, patient, alert, calm, focused, meticulous, sensible, passionate
Required Resources and Training: Many amateurs in the field of explosives are self-taught, garnering information from the internet and from books on the subject. Others gain experience through an apprenticeship of sorts, learning about explosives in a hands-on fashion by watching and working with an expert. For those seeking a more credible education, courses are offered by government agencies, mining corporations, and other professional organizations.
Associated Stereotypes and Perceptions: terrorists, anarchists, paranoid types, SWAT team members, military and ex-military personnel
Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:
- when a building needs to be demolished
- when one needs to cut off access to an area (by destroying a street, establishing an immediate roadblock, etc.)
- when one wants to kill large numbers of people
- when one needs to disarm or disable an explosive device
- when a diversionary tactic is needed
- for a career in mining
- for blasting rock in a quarry
- for building roads (blasting through hills and mountains)
- in combat
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.