Monday, March 21, 2011
What's on the Page?
What's relevant to the story and what is info dump or fluff.
One of the most important things a writer can do is learn to not love every word they write. it's one thing to show the scene or describe a character but do it with well chosen words and not more than a paragraph. A not a page long paragraph. Most readers now a days want instant gratification and that means showing them the scene or person in descriptive words and not bogging down the pacing of the story with a long flowing description.
And the second-if your story is set in a different world or there is historical information that is crucial to the story, pick out the key information needed for the characters in the story and the reader to get the gist. Then inject that information in snippets of internal thought and dialog. Don't use paragraphs full of information that slows the pacing and quite possibly puts the reader to sleep.
You, the writer, might be excited about the world you've created the information you want to divulge tot he reader but don't do it as an info dump. That kind of information should never be more than a couple sentences long at a time to keep the pacing flowing in the story.