The Dragon’s Toe: Exposition and Mystery

As fiction writers, we have a natural tendency to introduce too much exposition too early.

This video, and the related handout, talk you through the process of moving your exposition away from the beginning, and towards the part of your novel where it actually belongs: the middle. 

Get the handout here: The Exposition Handout.


Exposition handout

How to layer in exposition

Additional discussion

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  • I really like this idea. I’m working on a middle-grade right now and this is the most helpful method I have found.

  • This is your most interesting video thus far. I started to do this in my outline for side characters’ as their purpose in the story becomes revealed. The reveal is going to explain the behaviors of both the Protagonist and the side character (who seems nebulous at first but becomes an antagonist).

  • I completed the Exposition Handout in the Dragon’s Big Toe as suggested, not for one exposition, but for three different expositions, which I was very pleased with. I learned a lot in doing that. However, I see no reference to the number of these I should include in my WIP. Should I stop at one? If not, how do I stop making the reader from thinking this is contrived? Thank you.

  • love this – I am doing it already but have to add more – esp because the consequence of the big reveal (or the important second half of it) will have to wait for book 2

  • The plot thickens…. where it’s suppose to

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