A novel in a well developed world
by A Jehrum Aranda
Question: So I just recently started writing my first novel in a science fictional setting I've been developing for years now. I decided early on that my first book in this universe would be better off starting somewhere in the middle of the sequence of events rather than the beginning, but by doing this I think I may run the risk of confusing readers. I'm not a fan of lengthy preambles or prologues and would rather introduce the reader to past events in the story body in pieces rather than all at once in the beginning, especially for my first book in the series. Do you have any tips I can use to avoid loosing readers in the first few chapters because they get lost or have no idea what's going on?Answer:
Tell the reader just what they need to know, and tell it right when they need to know it. You'll find they don't need to know nearly as much about what happened before as you do - maybe only 10% of what you do. Avoid big background dumps.
It's also a good idea with a series to leave a few questions to be answered in the next book.