An anti-exposition tactic?

Created about 2 years ago by Charles Gull with 5 comments
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Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added about 2 years ago
I know traditional publishers will send things like that to book stores for promotion & hype, but I’m not sure how it will work with the way inkshares runs. Something I’ll do if a scene has a lot I need to put in is look up words that can describe a lot in short. You can also use it to demonstrate that the main character is relaxed or knocked down by their opponent and delirious. It really can make a chapter more interesting if done correctly, if a character is bored then have them interest themselves by looking around, or use it to give the reader something to relax between situations of tension. 
Picture Serdar Yegulalp · Author · added about 2 years ago
One possibility: If you want to take the pieces of information that seem most relevant to the story you’re trying to tell and maybe convert them into interstitial elements -- like quotes at the heads of chapters, in the way Asimov had quotes from the "Encyclopedia Galactica" as section openers in the "Foundation" books -- that would be a way to synthesize the disparate styles. Then you could take everything written in the alternate style and compile it into its own standalone work for those that are interested in reading the whole thing.
Auk word icon Charles Gull · Author · added about 2 years ago
    @Eric H. Heisner These are all relevant points of discussion.

The matter I am currently tripping up on is that I have used a VERY different narrative voice in ’Hyper-physics’ to my typical novel writing voice. I am concerned that if these two voices were combined in a single book then it might cause discomfort for the reader.

Truth be told, the ’stream of consciousness’ style presented in ’Hyper-physics’ is actually my most natural voice! I tend to generate my first drafts and plot plans in this style. I then convert the text to a more ’traditional’ style........

This leads on to another question, should I be keeping my Novels in the SoC style?

I think this warrants an ’A/B’ study.

Who wants to read the same short piece of story in two different voices and then tell me which they prefer?
Picture Eric H. Heisner · Author · added about 2 years ago
Is there a creative way to make the standalone textbook entertaining in its own right?  There should be some appeal to the complimentary information that will satisfy the readers need for more information. 
Is there a way to add the information into the appropriate places in the original book where it serves more as footnotes so the reader doesn’t feel like they are missing something?
Auk word icon Charles Gull · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
Hi everyone,

I’m looking for someone feedback about a book concept I have just had.

It is reasonable advice to try and  avoid  long tracts of description, explanation and exposition in works of creative fiction. They break the flow and can smother the action entirely.

However, It can be impractical to spoon feed all of the this support material in between the exciting stuff. Then a lot of it ends up ’on the cutting room floor’. I find this a shame. I find some of my background material is exciting in its own right.

I have decided to try out an alternative approach. My book ’Hyper-physics’ is intended to be a stand alone ’Textbook’ that contains all the material that is too cumbersome for the novels I am writing.

What do you think?

Is this a workable option or are you an advocate of ’If it ain’t story it don’t get printed!’?