First of all a huge thank-you to my little brother, who isn’t as technologically challenged as me, for setting up my new website. He operates Dream Host, a server that interfaces with WordPress, or at least that’s my understanding of it. Check it out if you are thinking of getting your own domain. Thanks Bro!!!
A couple of days ago, I met a new friend, a fellow writer, who posted that she was new to the area. Excited to meet someone else that might be as obsessed about writing as I am, I emailed her and introduced myself. One thing led to another and we found ourselves at lunch talking and laughing with only a few minor interruptions from the wee ones. She’s one of those people who you feel like you’ve known for years, even though you just met.
However, as I usually do, I replayed the meeting in my head and realized that I might have shared too much information about myself for an initial introduction. There are a couple of things that I shared with her that only my family knows which should tell you how comfortable I felt. For the rest of the day and well into the next, I wished that I could pluck the words out of the air, shove them back into my mouth and tuck them safely back into their corner of my brain.
I’ve realized that I do the same thing with my writing, I dump too much information about the back story into a scene, interrupting the flow of it. Unlike the other day, the good news is that I can delete them and I have. Most of the five thousand words I’ve removed are because of this problem, but wouldn’t it be nice for us as writers, if we got in the habit of not writing them in the first place? It’s one of the problems that I hope to learn to control in my writing and in my personal life.
What about you? Do you over share or background dump?