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Information dumps

It’s that time of the week – Discussion Tuesday.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it.
Last weeks topic was Profanity in novels, it was an engaging topic and if you missed out you can contribute on the link above.

For now, this week’s topic is:

Information dumps

For those unaware, information dumps (info dumps) are blocks of information that are dumped in narration or dialogue. If done incorrectly, it’s jarring and will result in disinterested readers.

Writers: How do you intertwine information without dumping it?

Readers:Do you lose interest when you discover an info dump?

Through my editing stage, I realized in my first draft there was info dumps everywhere. If the information is necessary, to avoid the dumping I am using conflict to sprinkle the information throughout the scene.

If this is your reader’s primary concern, that means you can hook them emotionally and tell them the information. The readers will be distracted by the conflict and won’t even realize they’re imbibing key factual details that will play an important role later in the story.

How do you dump info?

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