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Friday, July 23, 2010


Wow, that's two thank-you posts in one week.  Apparently I'm feeling grateful.

I want to thank everyone for their answers to my advice question from yesterday.  I was extremely helpful hearing a few different points of view, and hearing that maybe—if done right, of course—the info dump wouldn't be too bad.  It seems like most people liked the exam studying options, be it textbook or study session.  There will surely be some general exposition—how could I possibly get around it, really?  Some of the information I'll try to spread out.  For example, in the opening chapter they're watching a special news break, and that would be an easy place to throw some of it in, but not enough.  And a decent amount shows up in Chapter 6 already, but the complaint I got was that it was too late and the reader was already skeptical about the reality.

Okay, well, I shouldn't info-dump here, either.  Just a big thanks to those of you who kicked in your two dollars (inflation, don't ya know?).



Al said...

As to the question of last post

Another option is to not do any exposition and just drop facts in slowly to surprise your reader.

For example; a character goes to the Lincoln memorial and the reader finds Lincoln lead the revolution against King Robert VII of America. Build a sense of: "huh, what's happening here?"

RosieC said...

Thanks, Al. That had been my original intention, but I may have left the meat of it for too late. I normally try to stay away from the exposition as much as possible, which is why I panicked over how to get more information up front.

Ah, how to balance it? That is the ultimate question, no? But if it were that easy, everybody would do it, so I'm satisfied with the difficulty :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Balancing the backstory is one of the most difficult things I think. You have to give the reader enough to intrigue and ground them, but not so much to turn them off.

I don't think there are any easy or pat answers for this - each story will require its own answers. Good luck with it!

Anonymous said...

I like to reveal facts and such over the course of the book, this way the opportunity to reveal something new introduces conflict which can open the door for a twist and turn in the plot. But the new detail needs to flow and make sense, not be outrageous or unbelievable just so the author can try to WOW the reader.

Stephen Tremp

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