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Amateur Advice...as in advice from an amateur...

If you have new concepts in your story, or new things, you might be able to cut down on the lines of text dedicated to describing or explaining it by drawing a picture. People tend to take in words differently and so text can be imagined in a number of different ways other than you mean it. This is why additional lines of text would be used to narrow in on the authors intent.

Also, if you want to expose on something related or unrelated to the particular story thread your talking about at the time, you might be able to use the chapter heading, or the classic chapter page, as a place to offer a brief exposition on some facet of your world. People who play video games recognize this as the "loading screen" where they offer you something to read while you wait- a bit of flavor text to further flesh out the ambiance of the world the story takes place in. It can also be used for things like foreshadowing.

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I'd add, as an amateur no less, that one must seriously consider just how important it is that the readers know EXACTLY how something works. To put it another way, how minimally readers may be allowed to differ in their imagination of how something works.

An example of this comes to mind from a thread I read recently on finding a word to describe a certain laugh. It's the kind of laugh that is sort of repressed, with your mouth closed and it comes through your nose as a reverse snort, if that even makes sense.

Ultimately, it really didn't matter how the character laughed anyway.
 
Smith;bt11458 said:
I'd add, as an amateur no less, that one must seriously consider just how important it is that the readers now EXACTLY how something works. To put it another way, how minimally readers may be allowed to differ in their imagination of how something works.

An example of this comes to mind from a thread I read recently on finding a word to describe a certain laugh. It's the kind of laugh that is sort of repressed, with your mouth closed and it comes through your nose as a reverse snort, if that even makes sense.

Ultimately, it really didn't matter how the character laughed anyway.

I'd like to know the answer to that, though.
 

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