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  •  I finished at 50100 or around there (3+ / 0-)
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    on 11/29.

    I stopped looking at it then. It has a beginning, middle, and end. I'd like to add about 20,000 more words to it but I'm not sure how outside of the infodump. And I'm very proud of myself. There's only two in the whole book. :)

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    by terrypinder on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 04:40:12 AM PST

    •  Excellent, terry! (1+ / 0-)
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      But there are ways around the infodump.

      Look, I'm not a writer, nor have I ever taught writing, but I've read enough to know the infodump reads like lazy writing.

      So you need to ask yourself why you want to add 20,000 words (what will that add to your novel) and how those words will enhance the story/improve characterization/make it more compelling or believable.

      And then think about this: Elmore "Dutch" Leonard's tips for writers:

      10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
      You can find the whole list here:

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      by Youffraita on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 11:44:23 PM PST

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    •  Congrats! Two-time winner! (1+ / 0-)
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      That's great. I'm sure you'll work out the info-dump problem on the rewrite. Harry Potter books are a study in skillful info-dumping. ("Haven't you ever read Hogwarts, a History?")

      -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

      by SensibleShoes on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 08:18:15 AM PST

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