Yay! I'd nearly forgotten about that . You have a nice way of doing things!Originally Posted by Vorona
Have you learned anything about hooks, catching reader's interest, avoiding infodumps, etc. in your classes or here? What would you do if you read a story that had that much detail about something completely unrelated to the central conflict?
I've been learning this since forever. Really, I can remember in fourth grade our teacher being angry with us if we didn't use a hook and then "reel" our reader into the story. I think it's a very important part of the story, because if you can't control the readers' emotions from the beginning of the story, they could quickly lose interest.
For the second question: I think a short anecdote is okay, a page or so would be fine. But I don't see the point of going ONANDONANDONANDONANDON about something completely irrelevant to the story. It gets boring after a while.
To you, what marks the difference between a 'well fleshed-out' character and one that you know way too much about?
Relevant vs. Irrelevant, which practically everyone already said. But I think it's okay if the author slips in irrelevant stuff a teeny bit, very subtly. I think that helps you get to know the character without really realizing it. But, I don't think we need to know the favorite color, favorite number, favorite fortune cookie saying, great-great-great-grandmother's middle and maiden name...because that just pulls the reader away from the story.