Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Exposition - All That Research #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Exposition #Research

 I don't think I've ever written a book whether contemporary, historical based or fantasy without doing a little research. Sometimes I do a lot. Then when I'm writing how tempted I am to put in everything I've learned during this research. This usually comes in big gulps of exposition. While some of the information will interest me this gush of material will broee the reader and that's nothing we want to do.

I create worlds in various times but I've learned to keep the material to the minimum. I have several books set in an alternate Egypt. When setting up the series, I read a lot of books I have on the subject and ended up with a small note book. I could have spent pages building the world but I didn't. I tried to keep the blocks of exposition to a few scattered bits that brought I hope clarity to the story. Weaving this into the action was difficult but it can be done.

Also I write fantasy and this is a different kind of research. You need to look at the culture you're designing. If you're writing more than one book in this fantasy world, you can put pieces of what youhave designed into one book and more in a second. 

So keeping the exposition to a minimum and enough to give the reader the flavor of the world or culture you're building can be hard but it can also be a challenge. Who wants to read pages of prose and research in a story. I know I don't.

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