So how about that life, always getting in the way huh? I can tell you mine sure has over the last few weeks. I am sure you have been wondering what happened to me since I went dark over the last few weeks ago, at least I hope you are. The answer for my disappearance is life. Simple as that.
The first two weeks I got slammed with finals in both of my college classes and I was awarded less than half a week off before my next two classes started, which I am currently working on. All the while I am still trying to edit, write and outline for The Dragon Riders of Arvain series. My plate has been running over full these last few weeks. On top of everything we are finally getting to finishing my office so I will have a proper place to write. I am finally getting to a point where I have a little bit of time to spend with you guys again. So with that said, hello. How’s it going?
A topic that I would like to talk about this week is info dumping. This is a subject that many first time writers might not know about and it is a shaky tight rope when it comes to writing, especially fiction. What is info dumping? Info dumping is just what it sounds like. It’s when a writer dumps tons of info into a small part of the book, usually but not always the beginning. This happens a lot in fiction writing because the writer is developing an entire world sometimes and there is a lot of info that goes into that.
Now info dumping is not always a bad thing. Think of it like putting peanut butter on a bagel. You need to put the peanut butter on the bagel so you try to smooth it over the entire surface. Same with info dumping. Try to smooth it out over the course of the book or chapters where the info is needed. Sometimes info dumping is hard to avoid. For instance in The Broken Scale, the first draft that is, Fendrel dumps a ton of info on the reader as him and Hayden travel through the Starlight Plains. Hagrid info dumped after he told Harry he was a wizard. Gandolf info dumped and Frodo and Bilbo. In fiction writing you find info dumping but they key is to try to break it up so it’s not so obvious which makes it easier on the reader. Well I hope this post helps, please feel free to leave comments below if you have any questions. Until next time.