Talents and Skills Thesaurus Entry: BAKING

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. 


bakingDescription: The making of food that requires the preparation of dough, batter, etc., and cooking in an oven using dry heat. Baked products include bread, cake, pastries, doughnuts, doughs…

Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: good hand-eye coordination, knowledge of basic mathematics, good physical health (must be able to knead dough, lift sacks…

Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: organized, detail-oriented, creative, cooperative…

Required Resources and Training: Required resources include heat (in the form of an oven, open fire, smoldering ashes, or other source), water, various grains, and money to buy ingredients. Baking is a skill that many people develop through practice as a hobby or …

Associated Stereotypes and Perceptions: The stereotypical baker is often associated with medieval times, sweating his life away in a boiling hot kitchen surrounded by brick ovens. It should be remembered that various inventions, procedures, and new materials…

Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful: Knowing how to bake basic bread can be a life-saving skill in a post-apocalyptic world. In a society where…

Resources for Further Information:
The Elevated Kitchen
The Baker’s Guide

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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Paula Cappa
7 years ago

I love this. THank you. Your blogs are an important part of my writing routine. I have your The Emotion Thesaurus and use it all the time. Very quick and efficient for just what I need when my brain won’t work! Writing is such a demanding skill and having a list at your fingertips to find just the right word is essential. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

7 years ago

What a great idea! I’m often stopped short when it comes to picking a career for my characters (I had a hard enough time picking one for myself). But I can see here that focusing on an individual skill-set does the same thing and is a whole lot easier. Thanks!!

Susanne Drazic
7 years ago

This is a great post. I enjoy baking goodies to share with others.

Brian J
7 years ago

Great post. The last bit about a post apocalyptic world really rung true with me. I was just wandering in one yesterday and wondering how to make things a bit more interesting, without adding killer radioactive monsters. Thanks for that!

7 years ago

Good stuff. A hobbyist may find baking relaxing. Kneading can be therapeutic and meditative.

S.P. Bowers
7 years ago

Love this, but I love baking too.

7 years ago

Wonderful resource to make our characters more complex and complete. Thanks for posting this.

Becca Puglisi
7 years ago

Wow, that is a totally cool list. Thanks for sharing!

Wild About Words
7 years ago

Talents and skills. Brilliant. You always figure out exactly what we need to improve our craft. I can’t wait to share your new thesauruses with my creative writing students!
Thought this wonderful resource from author, April Henry, would be useful. Character’s jobs: http://www.aprilhenrymysteries.com/does-your-character-need-a-job.html