Do you have any advice on how to complete an exposition scene? It's so boring for me to write that I lose interest and it reflects in my work. I'd do away with the scene entirely if I didn't need it to tell people what the hell is going on. Any ideas on how to make it interesting?
1) Consider jumping around in the story. If you’re bored of your own exposition because you want to get elsewhere in the story, then jump around. You don’t have to write a story in a linear fashion. You can always go and write the parts that are more interesting to you, and go back when you feel more inspired/interested in it. (Or feel free to write one you know is poor and rewrite it at a later time)
2) Don’t feel the need to reveal everything at once. An exposition scene’s primary function is to introduce the world and the protagonist. You don’t want to vomit information all over the reader, though, or ruin the flow of the story just to jam more information in. The best way is to include short anecdotes or descriptions rather than full explanations. (Unless you’re writing a world with unique traits, because you’ll want to go a bit more in depth with that) Frankly, I like to think of the whole first third of the book as exposition rather than a single chapter or scene; we’re getting to learn about the cast, the driving desires, the conflict, and the world we’re in through that whole time.
3) Consider conflict within the exposition. Conflict always brings about interest in readers. It can be something fairly simple, like an argument or needing to find something, or running late. The audience will want to see it resolved, and it leaves plenty of room to bring about some sort of mention of the character’s traits or desires. Showing these can help lead you to introducing the plot, and moving the story along.
Bonus tip: Do your best to be patient, and consider re-reading some of your favorite exposition scenes in books. By seeing how they successfully bring the reader in and explain their worlds, you can learn how to do so by mimicry and observation.