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A couple of years ago, I had this great idea for a book! I went to the library and did a lot of research about biological warfare, something integral to the story. I thought about the world I was going to create, what it was like and where people would live and how. When I felt ready, I sat down and started writing. I only got about three chapters done before I put it away.
I came across it the other day. The first three chapters to this book that I was so excited about (and still plan on writing someday) were tucked away with notes for story ideas in a folder in the bottom of a forgotten drawer. I thought it would be a good idea to sit down and take a look at it. See where I could take it when I’m ready to start writing it again.
I… was at a loss. I had committed one of the biggest sins of writing; all three chapters were info dump. ALL THREE CHAPTERS.
About a year ago, just before I started writing The Gifted, I got online and started searching for all the writing advice I could find. As I wrote, I continued looking. Now, after finishing the first draft of another book and continuing work on The Gifted, I still look to advice. (You probably know this already if you follow my Thirsty Thursdays!) I didn’t do this for that long ago WIP.
I’m glad for all the things I’ve learned in the last year. I’m grateful to all those out there who are willing to share what they’ve learned in their own careers as writers. There is so much advice out there and while some of it doesn’t work for me, all of it helps me to be a better writer every day.
I can safely say, I will not commit the sin of the info dump again.