Ok so a long Question but bear with me here please. Reading trough some of the posts I have discovered some big no no’s including info dumps, lots of back story etc. I was looking at what I have written so far an I am worried that maybe it is an info dump or back story. The main story happens in the teen and early adult years but I have started the story in child hood, ages 5 and 7. I needed to get the sisters relationship and personality’s clear right at the beginning because during the first few chapters these things change subtly and I don’t want to have to point it out to readers I want them to discover it for themselves and form their own opinions of the characters. I have not done a shopping list style “she was a bright and happy child and the sisters loved each other greatly”. I have written about some events, big and small which show that one sister is easy going and looks after the other while the other is sullen and bossy. This is shown in their actions I don’t actually describe their personality. The events I chose tie back into the story, but not until the end. I read a lot of Maeve Binchy style books where you get a chapter or two of child hood before you get into the main story in the teens or early adult hood and I have never seen anything wrong with it, but treading some of the posts here and advice other places it makes me feel as though there is something wrong with that style. I also read the fantasy epic where all the back story is dumped at the beginning and I don’t feel that’s what mine does. I had thought of introducing the child hood stuff through out the story but you wouldn’t get an instant feel for the relationship, and I hate the flash back and I didn’t want lots of conversations between charters of the “remember when” thread. So my question is if you were to read a book like what I described would you think it was an info dump or unnecessary back story that could be woven in through out the story? If you do how would you get the info across? Thanks in advance.