Striking the right balance with exposition in a novel is a really crucial and difficult-to-master skill.
On the one hand, the reader needs to have enough information to understand what’s happening in a story, and it’s very easy for an author to lose sight of what is and isn’t on the page. On the other hand, we’ve all read aimless and boring infodumps that feel like they were more fun for the author to write than they are for us to read.
So how do you provide just the right information at just the right time? Here are some tips for utilizing exposition and weaving context into the narrative.