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Lianne Sentar
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It can be really, really challenging to comfortably reveal the rules of a world. One option I didn’t go into: having some sort of very direct write-up that falls outside of your story (say, a one-page write-up at the beginning of the book, or a paragraph describing an element of that world in italics at the beginning of every chapter). Separating your world rules out like that isn’t always elegant, but it’s more elegant than narrative tangents!

I’ve seen this done in a lot of ways, such as presenting these “expository write-ups” as an excerpt from a guide book to that world, or from a historical document within that world…Watchmen did something similar, with things like newspaper clippings between chapters.