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"SHUT UP!" HE EXPLAINED— HANDLING EXPOSITION

AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR STORY, you're going to have to decide how to convey necessary background facts. That's exposition.

Exposition involves breaking away from the ongoing action to give information—for a paragraph, or for a page or more. It's the author telling the reader something—telling, rather than showing.

As I explained earlier, telling is much less effective than showing. It follows that exposition is less dramatic and less vivid than a scene—generally, a lot less.

So, as with all major components of narrative, you'll need to recognize the nature of the problem and find effective, appropriate ways of compensating.

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