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How to Avoid Info Dumping In Your Writing

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If you want to write well, you should make sure that you don’t dump too much information on your readers. While you should share as much information with your readers as possible, there is such a thing as sharing too much information.

If you do so, you may end up annoying and turning off your readers to your work. If you want to share your information in the best way, you should avoid info dumping as a whole. Here are tips on how to avoid info dumping in your writing.

1. Don’t overdo it on the details

If you want to avoid info dumping, you should not share too many details in your sentences. You should not bombard your readers with a huge amount of details in just a few sentences.

Remember that if you share too many details, this will make it difficult for your readers to read your work. It will not only look bad visually, it will also give the impression that your writing is pedantic or you are just beating around the bush.

2. Keep your dialogue light

If you are going to write dialogue, it is important that you keep it light. Good dialogue does not need to be overly long in order to be entertaining. If you are going to write dialogue, take your time with the process.

You don’t need to have your characters go on long monologues. This would be annoying for most readers to read, and may even get them bored.

As a rule, you should make sure your dialogue is realistic and keep it to a minimum. If your characters are going to talk, it should be to aid the overall plot. Never have your characters converse in meaningless dialogue.

3. Gradually introduce your characters

In a story, the cast of characters is by far one of the most important. However, this does not mean that you should divulge every aspect of your characters when you introduce them to your readers.

If you want your readers to be more interested in your characters, you should introduce your characters gradually. This will make your readers more immersed in your work, and have them intrigued about your character’s qualities and motivations.

4. Relevance is key

Yet another way to avoid info dumping, is to keep your content as relevant as possible. You may be tempted to use filler words to make your writing look more professional, however, this will do more harm than good. Your writing must be as impactful as possible. Write only what’s relevant. This will help move the story forward.

5. Stretch out the events in writing

As you write the events in your story, it is important that you stretch them out. Don’t bunch up all the details in one chapter. If all the events happens in one chapter, then how will you fill up the successive chapters? If you want to make your work as interesting as possible, you should make sure to create a sense of anticipation that will keep your readers engrossed to the last page.

6. Plan out your work

Before you start your writing sessions, it is important that you plan out your work as efficiently as possible. Take the time to create an outline for your writing. From the start to the end of the story, you should plot out every event that transpires.

This does not mean that you write in an overly detailed manner. What’s important is that you have a map or blueprint that will help guide you during your writing sessions. That way, you won’t overshare too much information at one time. You could pace yourself throughout the whole writing process.

Conclusion

When it comes to writing you should avoid info dumping. This is the act of sharing too much information with your readers. If you so, you might end up annoying your readers. With these tips, you’ll be able to avoid info dumping in your writing.

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Flynn Hannan

Flynn Hannan

Bibliophile , Senior Indie Editor at Writers Republic