Talent & Skill Thesaurus

Below are samples of the entries in our popular Talent and Skill thesaurus. For the complete and enhanced collection, please visit One Stop For Writers, where it has a permanent place within our vast Descriptive Thesaurus Collection. You can access it and our other thesauruses with the click of a button as you write.

Everyone has a special skill or talent, including our characters! Try our selection below to jump start ideas on what you’re character might be good at (that will help him within the scope of your story!)

What is a Talent and Skill Thesaurus?

A Knack for Languages

A Knack for Making Money

A Way with Animals

Archery

Astral Projection

Astrological Divination

Baking

Basic First Aid

Blending In

Carpentry

Charm

ESP (Clairvoyance)

Empathy

Enhanced Hearing

Enhanced Sense of Smell

Enhanced Taste Buds

Farming

Fishing

Foraging

Gaining the Trust of Others

Gaming

Gardening

Good Listening Skills

Haggling

Herbalism

Hospitality

Hot-Wiring a Car

High Pain Tolerance

Knife Throwing

Knowledge of Explosives

Lip-Reading

Lying

Making People Laugh

Mechanically Inclined

Mentalism

Mimicking

Multitasking

Musicality

Organization

Parkour

Photographic Memory

Predicting the Weather

Promotion

Psychokinesis

Reading People

Regeneration

Repurposing

Sculpting

Self-Defense

Sewing

Sharpshooting

Sleight-of-Hand

Strategic Thinking

Strong Breath Control

Super Strength

Survival Skills

Swift-footedness

Talking With The Dead

Throwing One’s Voice

Whittling

Wilderness Navigation

Wrestling

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  8. Michael Offner says:

    What about invented skills, like magic in fantasy worlds?

    How would one go about inventing an entirely new skill?

    • That’s a great question, Michael. Likely the most important thing to get down would be the worldbuilding of it. Just as you would another element of building a unique would, you would need to understand what the skill is and what it all includes, how it can be used, how it benefits the person within the story (to provide for himself, to work more efficiently, any health benefits, things like that), and what the limits if this skill is. This last part is really important for anything that touches magic or makes your character powerful. You need to know what the limits are, how one trains to improve, what the sacrifice is if one tries to push a skill too far, and if there are any negative side effects of this skill or talent.

  9. John Pepper says:

    I’d kinda like to see a page for something related to computer skills. Like for hacking.

    • This is a great suggestion, John. I actually thought we had this one, but I must have been thinking of the “gaming” entry. I’ll add this to our list of potential adds down the road. Thanks for letting us know what you’d like to see!

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  11. Indigo says:

    Other skills you could add (if others have not already said it) are aura reading, the different “clairs” (clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance, clairgustance, clairalience,) and the different “-cognitions” (precognition, postcognition), psychometry, telepathy, telempathy, telekinetics, teleportation, mediumship, divination, channeling, channeled writing, exorcist, psychic surgery, energy healing (see Reiki users), acupuncture, reflexology, among many.

    The different kinds of therapy (massage therapist, spinal-realignment therapist, art therapist, aromatherapy, sound therapy, color therapy, gender therapist, family therapist, couples therapy, counselor), and other mental health aides (psychologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, neurologist). Also, activist, advocate, and people who work in all the different fields of science (physicist, astronomer, biologist, engineer, architect, botanist, geologist, mathematician, paleontologist, archeologist, excavator, historian, geneticist, and many more).

    Also those who work in what’s generally called the “arts.” Artist, sculptor, dancer, improv actor, actor, debater, comedian, linguist, literature professor, singer, playwright, director, make-up artist, graphic artist, fine artist, museum curator, art historian, fashion designer, model, photographer, calligrapher, camera artist, muralist, painter, knitter, weaver, carver, woodworker, silver- or gold-smith, weapon smith, metal smith, storyteller, writer, author, printer, blogger, video-maker, producer, poet, songwriter, musician, conductor, perfumer, jeweler, book binder, illustrator, glue-maker, leather worker, and much, much more.

    I hope these helped. 😀

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  15. Samuel Lee says:

    Since I’m half-obligated as a writer, and half-obligated by my friend Archer, I’m going to throw some talents up for consideration:

    -Debating
    -Communicating
    -Cooking
    -Scavenging
    -Programming
    -Hacking
    -Teaching
    -Painting
    -Writing
    -Instrument Playing
    -Information of Assimilation (essentially a walking encyclopedia)
    -Piloting
    -Dog-fighting (not with dogs, in the air or space combat)
    -Improvisation

  16. Claire Sayers says:

    Great list.

    Lock picking, public speaking, and riding a unicycle should be on this list.

  17. Valencia says:

    Thank you very much for this list! I always use this as reference on my works. It would be nice if you can make one for dancing (dances such as ball and waltz). Thank you again!

  18. Brittney says:

    I love your website so much. I’m on it everyday! Would you mind adding someone who is good with sailing?

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  20. Grace says:

    Love the site. it helps me out so much! Is there a chance you could add Arcobatics to the list?

  21. Great list. I’m sure you have many more, but wanted to throw out Tactician or Strategist. I consider them vastly different, but can see lumping them together. It’s one of those skills that many think they have but few truly do.

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  24. Dan says:

    Please consider adding, Swordfighting (Two handed, cutlass and sabres )

    Thanks!
    D

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  28. Great article and ideas! However, I think you mean “Speaking With A SILVER Tongue,” not “Speaking With A Sliver Tongue.” 😉

  29. Gina Scott Roberts says:

    What about garroting? So many people think it’s done the way Hollywood shows it….

  30. Sarah Lilliendahl says:

    Just rummaging through the new talents and skills thesaurus and Survival Skills caught my eye, but when I click on it, it led me to the Fishing entry. I tried it several times with the same result. Just thought I’d say something in case you weren’t aware and others had had the same experience 🙂 Thanks for all of your amazing work!

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  34. Don’t forget horseback riding, you guys. I did use this though for the wilderness navigation. EXCELLENT! xoxo

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  36. Annette Taylor says:

    I hope you include gardening and sculpturing in your skills and talents thesaurus. I’m thinking about a characters who might need those skills and it would be a great help to me.

    • Annette, those are on our list. I’ve already scheduled this week’s entry, and we’re taking a break after that for the holidays, but I’ll bump them to the top of the list for January :).

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