Not only is it difficult to know how much information to give readers so they know what’s going on, it’s also tricky knowing when to give it to them.
There are many ways to do it right, but there are two very specific ways to do it wrong.
One is signposting, where you say up front what’s about to happen, and then it happens. You end up stealing your own thunder.
The other is burying the lead, where you put off mentioning the elephant in the room, so that when you do eventually bring it up not only is everyone taken by surprise, but now it appears to be a teleporting elephant.
Successful people do not lead statistically sensible lives. -- Srinivasan S Pillay 1 You know that myth about Pandora? The gods give her a box and tell her not to open it -- which, when you think about it, is the one way of ensuring that she will.