So you’ve got your world built up and you’re ready to write, but you’re not sure how to introduce everything you’ve created.
One of the most important devices you need to avoid is the info dump. The info dump is when a writer uses dialogue or narration to give an excess of information. Info dumps often come in the form of several paragraphs of details. Here are some of the problems with info dumps:
- Too Much Detail: When you write info dumps, you are writing too much detail in a small space. This ruins the pacing and stalls the story. Readers get bored when they have to read an entire page explaining one part of your world, which leads to the next point:
- Telling: Info dumps tell rather than show. You want to show. Telling can be okay, but in moderation.
- Memory: Your reader is not going to remember all of the details you put into info dumps. There is too much information to absorb. When information is spread out, it is easier for the reader to remember and they are less likely to skip over it.