In this episode, Leslie and Clark critique the opening pages of D.J. Umber's The Wolf and the Ravens, an as yet unpublished historical fiction novel. They discuss explaining character motivations, trusting your readers, and making the setting clear.
Editorial Mission—Check your why
Take a pivotal scene or one that seems complex or confusing and check that you haven’t explained too much, particularly about why characters do what they do. See if you can show what has been told through exposition or thoughts. Trust that your reader to be able to work it out.
Other items and resources
Listen to Clark and Peter discuss three pitfalls to avoid in worldbuilding.
In this post, Leslie writes about getting your worldbuilding just right.