This is going off of this last post that I made Tips for Fiction Writing (Part One of Many Probably) – Starting Your Novel.
Now, I know you’re thinking, “But Love Doctor, you haven’t told us shit!”
That’s why this is multi-part. This post is going to address some of the actual writing aspects of your novel, which is not to say that I’m going to tell you that this is the only way of doing things because it sure as fuck isn’t. This post is mostly about the bullshit argument about “showing vs. telling” since that’s the Big Hot Topic since the 50s and been misinterpreted by literally every since creative writing professor I’ve ever talked to.
I talked a lot about opening dos and don’ts in the last post, but I’m going to talk a bit about something super applicable to all forms here – the problem with exposition walls. You know exactly what I’m talking about. You’re in the middle of a book that’s pretty reasonable, and then, it happens. You end up reading four pages about a wedding cake you care nothing about because it doesn’t even really have any symbolic value. You’re just stuck in four pages of cake hell, and all it’s really doing is making you hungry and pissed off. So you skip a few pages of it to get past it, and suddenly you’re balls deep into a fight scene? How did this happen??? You know what happened.