S33E5 – Avoiding the Info Dump: Character Abilities

Every character has skills. Every character learns new skills. The question is, how do we – as authors – show that? The reader needs to know that this character knows other languages, or can fight, or is the fastest crocheter in the west. Do we just give the fact a paragraph and move on?

Never. Instead, let it bleed into the character. Their words, their choices, their jokes, their enemies. Every facet of your character’s skills and growth are part of the journey, not something dropped into a paragraph we’ll soon forget. You must avoid the info dump.

Listen to this episode for advice and examples of how to best show the complexities and skills within the characters you’ve built.

First aired June 16, 2022.

About the Author
Ley is an editor and author of action/suspense novels.

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