Posted on December 17, 2021 at 9:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The December edition of Desmond’s Drops covers the act of and attitude toward writing.

Desmond Hall begins by sharing playwright David Mamet’s exhortation to treat your writing as a craft, in order to prioritize it the way it deserves — even if you’re not writing for publication — and adds three specific behaviors you can start with.

Hall’s other two videos focus on characters: one special type and one important consideration.

The former is what a writing instructor called Captain Happen, because he or she pushes the protagonist into a key action (or key actions).

Hall identifies a few well-known ones from literature and explains how they fit the description.

And the latter is why it’s important to know your character’s backstory.

He provides prompts for creating that, not because you’ll include all (or most) of it in your manuscript, but because it will help you embrace that character’s perspective as you write.

All three videos are up at Writer Unboxed and embedded below as well.

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