I tend to rationalize my writing process. That is, my method usually dictates extensive planning, research, and pre-writing preparations. I am planning a fantasy story (it has science fiction as well but for all current intents and purposes this is irrelevant), and I would rather not have the main focus of the story revolve around the weird elements and magical features, and instead around the implications they have on the lives of ordinary people. Allow me to demonstrate. The planet is populated by four different races (bird, fish, demon, and mammal-like, the latter including primates, canines, and cats), each has its own magical features. There are also three different types of mages (shapeshifters, portal-openers, and elementals). The magical rules of each are radically different from standard systems, and so proper explanation is in order. I also never refer to them or introduce them with the real-world equivalent, since that is not what they are. There are also many different factions among the peoples, since mythological religions tend to get messy, which also needs explanation. Now, if I were to, say, narrate the story from the viewpoint of a maid with water-elemental powers working as a slave at a noble's castle, how would I avoid info-dumps? More, then? Well, the four races and their culture are separated neatly into four geographical realms, each with its own biomes. The seasons are shared, however. There is much, much more, actually, but I would rather not vomit the entire setting. My leading suggestion is that I narrate from the third person limited point of view of a scholar (historian, perhaps?), which would allow for more flexible weaving. When will I have spacetime to introduce the background if not in third person omniscient? All the characters are natives, so will not exclaim when they see a fire mage lighting fire.