What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)

What to do about exposition? In the last post, I effectively took the three most popular devices for handling backstory, locked them in a stocks and pillory, and proceeded to throw tomatoes. Obviously, we can never ever ever use those tools again. Seriously, though, we can't simply leave the backstory out and expect the reader to … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)

What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part 1)

Let's be honest, fellow fantasy writers. Plenty of authors have turned the word "exposition" almost into a curse word, and we're the worst offenders. Think about it. Epic plots, magic battles, worlds full of creatures unseen except in our imaginations... they make for a very long, very full, very expository sort of book. Telling rather than … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part 1)