In her latest post for the Open College of the Arts, Nina Milton is writing on the information dump, a phrase used colloquially by scriptwriters, but it’s also something that can be an issue for writers of novels and short stories.
It’s a common a gambit used when the writer wants the reader to know something that the characters already know, but also used to overcome other information issues. The trouble with the info dump is that it’s boring to read, to listen to, or to view and horribly difficult to clear up once in place.
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