Just Another Struggling Writer

The lamentations of yet another person struggling to write a novel.

WIP Wednesday; Dumping the Infodump

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. 

Kerry Share

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Kerry Share’s love for writing started, as it so often does, as a love of reading at an early age. At age 11 she wrote her first short story, a Harry Potter knockoff of dubious quality, and her love for creative expression was born. Throughout her teen years she continued to foster that passion through derivative work, and at 23 she turned her eye to original fiction.

Now in her thirties, having taken a break from creative endeavors to cope with an ever changing life and landscape, she is determined to make her dream of a writing career reality.

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