I hope your weekend treated you well. I spent mine toiling away on SHADE, trying to get it ready for Pitch Wars. I think I’m down to the last 3 or 4 chapters. Joy! However, my pitch is…well…could be improved. Thankfully I’ve got the time to polish it up to sparkling. And it doesn’t hurt that I have a fabulous mentor’s advice to help me. (You rock Marieke!)
And now a quote from Ernest Hemingway:
If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
Beware the dreaded info dump. Examine your story, find those places where you are telling your readers everything they need to know. Show them. Remember, if a scene’s or chapter’s only purpose is exposition, then chop it and weave that information into the story in other places. Never write what your characters aren’t currently thinking about.
What ways do you keep the iceberg of knowledge of your story safely tucked below water? How do you avoid info dumping? What techniques would you recommend to other writers? Let me know in the comments below.
And Happy Monday!