Hello friends and welcome back to the corner of the internet where I cry about my current WIP.
Today, I am not crying, however. In fact, dare I say it, I’m actually feeling pretty okay about the project at the moment. I am back in the weeds of my outline and actually managing to make progress on the scene that stalled me up last time. Instead of just idly daydreaming about the path I would like my story to take, I’m actively working through roadblocks.
The biggest hurdle I had to work through was the infamous infodump. Being a portal fantasy, a little bit of infodumping is to be expected, but neither did I want to give too much away. Yet, I struggled with how to prevent a boring explainer scene while also giving the readers (and the POV character) the necessary information.
In previous iterations of this outline, my notes more or less said “[infodump here]” just so that I could move on to the next part. However, I found that I was unable to really press on with the outline because I had not determined what information the main character had, information that would color future scenes and interactions.
I think I’ve finally struck a good balance. I’ve had to go into greater detail with the scene than I usually would, and it’s still likely to change when I actually start drafting, but I’m happy to finally be able to move on. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the story takes shape.
Until next time, friends, may your writing be plenty and your struggles be few.
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