Handling Authorial Info-Dumping


One thing will slow your story down more than any other and readers will drop the book. Info dump!

Brennan Reid

Today’s post is on exposition. It’s more of a filler/lead-in to a lengthier, meatier piece later on, but for now I have to sort out a few things:

Clearing the Exposition Definition 

Exposition, by definition, is any thought, prose, dialogues, or anything else that explains something that’s happening out of the scene. It’s like a film when what’s in frame is the only thing that matters, except the voice-overs, asides, and flashbacks can add depth to a scene.

"Way back when... (Info Dump Here)" “Way back when… (Info Dump Here)”

An obvious example of literary exposition is when a novel opens with, “I was born here, grew up this way, went about my life, and now I’m at a bank counter in Montreal.” The goal of expositionizing is to avoid information dumps, or when writers pack too many buzzwords that are incongruous with the narrative.

I’ve also heard the term “incluing” used from time to time…

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