Information Flow

5 min readDec 23, 2021

More Writing Technique

People who are familiar with my first drafts might be perplexed that I would try to write something about information flow when it comes to fiction. I do not always get information flow correct. I frequently will write a description out of order, starting with the last piece first then writing the first piece, then the middle. Then I’ll have to reorder them.

However, I think a lot about information flow in fiction, as well as the different types of information flow, particularly since I’m not the best at it.

Since I had knee replacement surgery, I’ve had some difficulty getting back to writing full time. Part of that is also due to this summer, during all the construction and moving, I wasn’t writing as much. This meant I was out of practice before I had surgery, and major invasive surgery has taken much longer for me to recover from than I expected.

This also means that some of the tricks I’d taught myself for writing are no longer automatic. Like information flow.

What exactly am I talking about when I say “information flow?” This phrase is used to describe more than one thing in terms of writing.

There’s the basic “what a character sees” sort of flow. Then there’s how you present information to the reader, answering their questions as they come up. The last type…




Leah Cutter sold her first short story back in 1997, and continues to write and sell both her fiction and non-fiction. She supports herself with her writing.