Editing Tip #22

This is exactly what I’ve been struggling with for the beginning of my novel.

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt. 1 ~

There are a variety of ways and reasons authors inadvertently dump information into certain areas of their novel:

info dumpCharacter

Setting

Action

Back Story

Often this over-sharing happens at the beginning of the book within the first few chapters (and even more often the very 1st chapter).  I recently spoke with a local author who received the opinion of a well-known literary agent about her book.  He said, “Ditch the 1st third, it’s not necessary.  Start with chapter 14.”

Certainly she was surprised, to say the least, but now her book is racing along with even better focus and momentum than before.  She had the strength of mind and will power to let all those chapters go – and that’s no easy feat.

Today we’ll take a quick look at the impact of characters and the idea of the ‘info dump.’

The general rule of…

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