Talents and Skills Entry: Enhanced Hearing

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. 


Description: being able to hear sounds that others cannot, or discern a slight shift in pitch that others cannot

Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: unless this was a result of a medical enhancement (an implant, for example), this talent would have a highly genetic component. However, being in control of one’s emotions would allow one to…

Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: calm, focused, determined, centered, curious, objective…

Required Resources and Training: gaining exposure to many different sounds, practice with background noise and learning how to filter and differentiate, practicing meditative techniques to push aside distractions and focus on the task at hand

Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:

  • Eavesdropping to learn sensitive information, uncover terrorist plans, gain financial information for insider trading, or collect blackmail information
  • To determine where one is being taken if one is blindfolded or taken somewhere against one’s will…

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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Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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Diana Lynn
5 years ago

I’m commenting because I believe my husband posses this “talent”
He can hear things I can’t hear until the last moment like the mailman idling in front of the house or when the pizza delivery guy shows up. I claim he’s wrong because I don’t hear a thing! He’s prove me wrong many, many times. I tell him he has super hearing and I’m always amazed.

Southpaw HR Sinclair
Southpaw HR Sinclair
5 years ago

Good stuff. Where is the photo of the ear sculpture from?

Southpaw HR Sinclair
Southpaw HR Sinclair
5 years ago

It is neat. Looks like it’s from Germany. Cool.
(That peach link was hard to find on my screen.)

Southpaw HR Sinclair
Southpaw HR Sinclair
5 years ago

My first comment read a little rough. It just fascinated me. Giant ear somewhere on the planet.

Traci Kenworth
5 years ago

Another good entry.

5 years ago

Love your books. Information such a plus. Thanks.

Kelly Roberts
5 years ago

Perfect timing!! The main character in my 2nd YA novel has this talent/skill! I checked your blog a couple months ago to see if you had a corresponding entry and you didn’t. 🙁 But I’m getting back to my story after a few months’ long hiatus and look what pops into my inbox!! Thank you!!