Excellent tips to avoid info-dumping and overwhelming (and upsetting or confusing) readers! 👍💯
Dumping is rarely appreciated anywhere, and inside your novel is no different.
When I started writing, I can remember feeling the urge to clue the reader in on every tidbit of information on a character/setting, including the culture, people, landscape, type of plants that grow there, every holiday, flavors of tea consumed, what type of bear is best (a Jim Halpert reference), etc.
I’m exaggerating a little, but not by much.
For some reason new writers often feel the urge to tell a lot of information and backstory, usually at the very beginning. At such a crucial point in the story, that is probably the point where you want huge blocks of information the least. Heavy info-dumps also drags down the pacing, and it can cause the reader to skip over sections until it seems like something is happening again.
So what’s the solution?