The definition of talent, as defined by dictionary.com, is a special natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing. WikiHow describes talent as being different that skills, in that they tend to be innate rather than learned. They go on to say that these talents can then be developed further through practice and work. One of the interesting things that they point out is that they can be tricky to find but with honest self-observation it is possible. I think the key word is honest.
They give some step by step instructions on how to find these talents here.
1. Think about what you love to do.
2. Play: experiment, explore, try a variety of things etc…
3. Take some personality tests.
4. Learn about your learning style.
5. Notice what others say about you.
6. Consider your interests.
7. Notice what you’re not good at, too.
8. Keep a journal.
9. Practice practice practice…
10. Share your talent with others.
11. Use your talent.
I can’t remember a time in all of my class of psychology in which we ever talked about talents. We do talk about focusing on what people are good at though. I think that a person’s talents is what will bring them the most joy in this life and bring them a feeling of fulfillment when they feel they are truly good at something. I also think that we all have talents some more than others.
Our characters also have talents that define them and make them who they are. Remember the practice part, our characters need to practice as well. I always see the big things they practice at like magic or sword play, but what about the smaller talents like carving or whistling. We can make our characters have so much more depth by pointing out the little things they do as they sit around the campfire or they are walking through the forest.
What are some of the little talents your characters have? How did they discover them? How do you show the reader their talents?
Also check out the critique done on my query letter it looks like I have a long way to go. Thanks to all of you have helped me with this and I hope that it has been helpful to you as well.