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.
Enhanced Taste Buds
Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: Enhanced taste buds have a genetic component, but anyone can learn to improve their range of taste. Having a love of food, a keen interest in nutrition, the desire to experiment and try new things are all qualities that will help a person develop their sense of taste.
Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: focused, curious, attentive, unbiased, patient, open-minded, self-controlled
Required Resources and Training: People with a heightened sense of taste need to protect their taste buds through healthy choices. As smell affects taste, avoiding environments that have lots of scents and not wearing body sprays, perfume or aftershave will help keep one’s palette neutral. Avoiding bad habits like smoking, and foods that are overly salty or spicy will keep a character from scarring their palett. Attending a culinary school or apprenticing for a chef will help expose them to new tastes and textures, widening their experience and knowledge. Travel can also provide excellent opportunities to try different types of food and spices, not to mention learnings unique cooking methods if one’s goal is to become a chef.
Associated Stereotypes and Perceptions:
- that people with sensitive taste buds are picky eaters
- that people with this talent avoid processed food, fast food and do not eat junk food because they are “snooty” about what they eat
Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:
- excelling in the culinary industry (chef)
- the ability to pick up on flavors that should not be present (drugs, poison, etc.)
- being able to blend flavors and re-imagine food, inventing something new and earning fame
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