This is primarily a fantasy situation, but I'd also appreciate a general response as well. I'm trying to make sure where the line is between infodump and plain, simple description. When building an entire world, complete with unique races and creatures, as well as magic, how the magic works and so forth. Clearly there has to be some point that you tell the reader what something is, and you can "show" it while you do so, but it does need to be explained. Also, is there an acceptable amount of infodump that's allowed? If so, when or how is this appropriate to do? One of my recent descriptions involves a character where I'm showing what they look like, but also introducing a new race simultaneously. Is that an acceptable situation? If there is anything else anyone has to add to this topic, I would be grateful to here about it. Thanks to this forum, I have improved my writing greatly and am now in the middle of the third chapter in my novel, with almost fifteen thousand words in total, whereas previously I was stuck at the beginning of the first chapter with about five hundred words or less. All information here is very helpful and will be appreciated at the highest levels.