Talents and Skills Thesaurus Entry: Multitasking

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. 

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Description: Being able to do several things simultaneously

Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: Being able to split one’s focus between multiple jobs or projects; being able to follow multiple conversations that are going on at once time

Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: alert, adaptable, industrious, efficient, controlling, easygoing

Required Resources and Training: Multitasking is often one of those skills that people either have or they don’t have. But people can become better with practice by deliberately splitting their focus while more than one thing is going on.

Associated Perceptions:

  • Organized people are the best multitaskers. Sometimes, it’s the people with less organized minds who are able to fragment their thinking and get many things done at once.
  • Multitaskers can do anything while doing ten other things at once. Studies show that certain kinds of tasks (like those where learning is involved) are very difficult to do while multitasking. 
  • Multitasking is always the best option. Some tasks can be done while…

Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:

  • When leading a large group of people
  • When big jobs (or numerous jobs) have to be done in a short period of time
  • When one person is responsible for many different projects…

Resources for Further Information:

Training Your Brain to Multitask

How to Multitask without Losing Your Mind

Talents and skills not only make our characters stand out, they often help them attain their goals. So choosing them strategically can greatly enhance both the character and the story.

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About BECCA PUGLISI

Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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4 Responses to Talents and Skills Thesaurus Entry: Multitasking

  1. :Donna Marie says:

    I’ve become SO A.D.D.ish, multitasking comes naturally, though I forget the one task as I move to the other! lol Great post, as always, Becca 🙂

  2. Something I need to do more of in my life!!

  3. Edgardo says:

    As a writer,this is one indispensable tool to create a very unique character of your story. One that possesses certain traits peculiar yet powerful.

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