Monday, August 11, 2008

I Just Finished Chapter Two


I'm still worried about a possible information dump. Oh, who am I trying to kid? It's definitely an information dump. I'm just hoping that the dump is threaded with young Olivia's suffering, too, so that the dump will be broken up by character development.

Maybe a dump is okay if it doesn't appear too dumpy. I hope so, anyway.


Thursday, August 07, 2008

Information Dumps

One of the things I learned about sometime during my reading weeks this past summer was the information dump. Information dumps occur when a writer is trying to get out a lot of material readers need to know about. They slow down the ol' narrative flow and bore the living daylights out of readers.

I'm afraid that's what I've been dealing with this past week--an information dump. One way to make these things less dumpy is to break them up with dialogue. Preferably, of course, witty repartee. Witty repartee that moves the story along and doesn't just bear the burden of the dump.

Yeah, we'll have to see how that works for me.