I've written a crime novel set in the afterlife (as though it's evolved in the same way that life has). My plot can't exist until I've built this world because the crime (and solving of it) have no meaning until I set things up. But I don't know how to do this. My MC is used to being in this world. He's been dead nine years. I do have a character who is "new" to it. Unfortunately, the plot doesn't call for him until about 10k into the story. By then I feel like his world building capabilities are practically gone. I feel like most contemporary fantasy stories have someone from a world similar to our own who is drawn into a strange and wonderful land. Are there any that don't? Please direct me their way! Anyway, my MCs are already well-versed with the rules of their world. Until the crime is committed, anyway, because it changes things. This crime has no meaning to the reader unless I have established the world that it happens in. Then the characters discover a new things through the course of the plot, and I feel like I'm piling too much into the story. Ugh. Does this even make sense? I'm babbling. Please ask me if you don't understand what I'm saying Any advice would be most appreciated. I think I just need a flash of inspiration to dig myself out of here, but I can't come up with it on my own.