For example, Alex Rider was already a black belt in Karate before he became a spy, Wally McDoogle's novel writing makes for some hysterical parallels in his adventures, and Opal Buloni's dog Winn-Dixie helps her make a lot of friends. In fact, Winn-Dixie is the catalyst in that story, causing disasters and making introductions wherever he goes.
If you're ever feeling blank and need some hobbies or skills for your characters that are fun, unique, and that just might be the missing ingredient in your story, I created a list that is just a starting point. There are hundreds more things that you could add to this list, but it's a nice reference to pull out where you're looking to think up some unique interests for the characters in your novel.
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Character Hobbies and Skills Brainstorming List