Motivational Monday

Make everybody fall out of the plane first, and then explain who they were and why they were in the plane to begin with.
~ Nancy Ann Dibble ~


6 comments on “Motivational Monday

  1. That’s a great suggestion.

  2. Once upon a time I started a book that spent the whole first chapter introducing every single character. It was awful. Notice, I didn’t say I finished the book…

    • Lol, I have a similar book locked deep away that will never, ever be resurrected. From paragraph 2 it was one big backstory dump. 🙁

  3. I wouldn’t even bother explaining afterwards except in the context of the story. I recently had to read a story in slush which started with a dramatic incident, then spent huge chunks of the rest explaining about the world in which it was happening. I have no doubt the author THOUGHT they were “showing, not telling”, but I really didn’t need to have the bird person heroine stop for a snack, unnecessarily in the context, and have it put into her beak by the vendor!

    • Yikes! Learning those nuances like showing not telling take time. Sounds like they’ve jumped the gun.

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