Yes, I'm talking infodump because I'm writing one now.
With my first few infodumps, I had no idea I was writing one until people pointed it out to me and said that my infodumps were well done.
Then, whenever I'd write an infodump I'd be aware that this was what I was doing, and before I knew it, lo and behold, they started sucking.
In one sucky instant, for example, I had a dialogue infodump where the protagonist was bored because he already knew everything that was conveyed to him. Guess what, usually if the protagonist is bored, so is the reader.
So now I seem unable to write a good infodump only because I am aware that it might be viewed as such and despite the fact that I used to be able to write them seamlessly.
This is but one case where ignorance is bliss and perhaps this is why I don't like books about writing. Books about writing make me very self-conscious and being self-conscious hinders my writing process as I'm editing my writing even before I write.
Naturally I'm exaggerating slightly, but I believe I made my point and that you can forgive my little angst here and dismiss it to being due to temporary frustration.
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