As the rewrite/polish of the mystery-comedy continues, it suddenly hit me that while I knew the backstory of what came before, somebody reading it for the first time would have no idea what was going on, or at least how we got here.
A little exposition was in order.
But among the many problems with writing exposition is when it’s out-and-out obvious.
“You mean your brother John, who went through a terrible divorce, ran off to join the circus and became a cross-dressing serial killer?”
Sometimes it’s done very effectively, but unfortunately, a lot of the time it isn’t, resulting in a blast of information crammed into one scene.
Rather than go down that road, I’m exploring the potential of doling out the details over several scenes. A sentence or two casually placed here and there so as to not draw attention to itself, all for the purpose of helping you learn where everything is coming from and how we got here.
It’s a work in progress, so we’ll see how it goes.