Hello, Writing Forums. I, Isaac Stump, have long since been an aspiring author and have been attempting to write a half-way decent book to get published for about half my life (7 years). I want my first novel, or one of my first as I have a tendency to work on countless projects at a time which can be attributed partially to my lack of success finishing a book, to be of the Gaslamp fantasy --fantasy of any caliber combined with themes from gothic fiction and placed in a setting that is the or is inspired by the Victorian/Edwardian era and can be considered the magical brother of Steampunk-- and psychological thriller genres and need some tips for writing it, as I, as a 14 year old with little to-- well, actually, absolutely no professional writing experience and with my saddening inability to obtain very many books at all to read so to study various authors' writing styles. Thank you for taking the time to read this and, if you did, answering my questions: General Questions: 1: What is the best way to introduce information, including the information that sets the ground work for the plot, lore and the world? Every time I attempt to set the groundwork for the lore or even the information concerning the world or even the character's circumstances it always seems like infodumping to me, which is a clearly boring introduction to a book. By this, I also mean more than the simple "tip of the iceberg" of the lore, but, a good way to introduce additional information the characters and readers may learn throughout the series, as well as a good way to introduce the supernatural, rather than the typical "character/item connected to lore drags MC into lore." 2. This may be a difficult to answer question, especially considering the potential vagueness, but I would like to ask what the best way to write a complex plot is. What are the best ways to tie, what I hope to be, extensive lore into backgrounds and personalities and even quirks of characters, items, historical events etc., and to be able to make backgrounds of the characters be as relevant to the overarching plot as possible, as well as into the overall plot and not make something seem like a contrived explanation for everything. Also means best ways to present and foreshadow plot twists or other events so to not make something seem like an, excuse me, "asspull," for lack of a better term. This also includes what the best way to write a character's background is. Another thing I would like to try is where you're able to trick a person into feeling that all the information needed for the novel that the plot will circulate around is already given to them yet have these small little nagging questions which grow more and more pronounced as the plot goes on that, despite fooling you into thinking everything is there, is able to smoothly let you feel there is more than meets the eye and can fluently reveal more of the lore. 3. Keeping it short, the best way to write the psychological thriller, either as a prominent or less pronounced genre, including philosophical dilemmas and legitimate psychological issues, as well as mixing this in with the supernatural and lore and whatnot, as well as making it relatively relevant to the entirety of the rest of the novel. 4: If I am using a trope that is somewhat commonly used what would be the best way to study aforementioned trope to see what the best way to present it within my story is? 5: Like question 2, this one might be hard to answer but what would be the best way to note or map out the plot-points in a novel whose plot one intends to make complex. I already keep what is called a "story bible" for the information concerning the world, but the plot has always been more of an issue for me than the lore that backgrounds the plot. More Specific Plot-Circled Questions: Well, as I begun working on the lore and world of my medieval high-fantasy I begun to think of some potential, somewhat darker and more complex plot ideas which alone seem somewhat cliched or just not good enough and was wondering if it wasn't too much to ask for help possibly expanding on these ideas -- improving them, as well, though I believe I asked this in question 4 of the previous category of questions. While answering these questions, it'd be nice if you could answer them both for the setting I specified before as well as in general, just in case I ever wish to use these in any other setting in the future -- though this is more of a request and is highly optional if you don't wish to. If you do wish to, the setting is a fictional country inspired by the Victorian/Edwardian era, not to be totally historical accurate. Most of these may not actually present a question in and of themselves, so simply assume that its asking what the best way to do that particular plot would be and, if you could think of ways to expand the ideas into one or more of the other ideas. 1: Done to death, I know, I know, but I oddly have somewhat of a partiality of plots that involve the cycle of life and death becoming a toy -- particularly, where one character is forced to see one they care deeply for die repeatedly (typically in highly or increasingly gruesome manners) -- or just the overall stories that involve the looping of a particular date or time to either stop or constantly witness the same, different or similar calamities each time that typically result in the degradation of the sanity of the character at the butt of this misfortune. Or, removing the calamity and having the event loop be apart of some form of motive for some character's warped mind and perspective upon reality, or it just being the best or only conceivable way to achieve their goal. The MC could be at the butt of this either willingly or no. (Think the song and the manga and light novel adaptions of the song Kagerou Daze, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" game Life is Strange, the translated PDF of the Japanese light novel series Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria *The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria* or, to an extent, the 2D anime fighting game BlazBlue Continuum Shift, etc.) As such, this is one of the few plot ideas I have had and, as I have somewhat of a partiality for this kind of plot, I was attempting to think of ways to write it without it seeming cliched. Since its done to death, I imagine its hard to make it wholly original and, to what experience I have with this trope, has been done best in Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria. I was personally thinking that the best way to make it original is to make the entirety of the plot more complex by having that trope, while seemingly predominant in the plot, turn out to only be a small piece of much bigger happenings, which could be tied in with a hopefully extensive and immersive lore and characters whatnot, which I suppose could also be answered in the previous questions. Additionally, I think this trope could also be done originally while involving, perhaps, rather than a character the MC loves, a character the MC despises which, while more gradually, still degrades the sanity of the MC as he possibly starts to realize particular things or out of the kindness of his heart begins to think through what it must be like to be in that circumstance, or, whatever it may be(of course, this all depends on presentation, as do all tropes, as well as the personality of the MC and why he hates aforementioned character). I think this could also be done well to be, what seems like the entirety of the plot for the series but it gradually leads into a much larger world and plot, possibly a milestone for the plot that actually has a conclusion but is able to be called back to be accredited to later plotpoints, character development and the like. Though, I still am at a loss as to how to wholly go about this, however aware I am that this plot/trope, like all, can be done well through proper presentation of characters, their, as well as this plot's, relevance and other aspects of the novel. 2: Another plot idea I had, or perhaps able to be amalgamated with the above plot idea, is one involving the standard idea of the inability to leave a particular place. Of course, this probably telegraphs my inability to think of a wholly original concept, though I like to partially accredit this to my equal inability to obtain any new books. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean it has to be absolute Hell of incestuous relationships between darling little flowers locked in an attic for years despite psychological thriller being somewhat of a preferable genre for the novel (since, after all, the psychological thriller aspects could come in later in the plot, or be from different sources). Now, what I mean possibly is either the inability or limited ability to leave one's home or some other place. I plan for the main character of this book to be the next of kin as heir for position as head of one of 2 royal houses that rule over the fictional country, which, the reason for there being 2 is actually explained in the history. Anyhow, I was planning on there being a rite of passage, a form of rite that introduces the next of kin to society before they are allowed to freely move about and/or socialize. (Indeed, I am cringing at my ability to write a plot too.) Anyhow, I was wondering how to tie the lore, especially the supernatural and whatnot, into this without the character simply wanting to go out on their own but they can't and sadness or loneliness causing the MC to have an imaginary friend which turns out to be a real person/being that drags the MC into the lore, which seems to be the most common ways this was used. 3: Lastly, I was wondering what the best way to craft a form of supernatural that exists in the world, either widely known or not, that, while it still feels mystical and magical in ways one would expect from a fantasy novel, also has somewhat of a dark or sinister feel that would of course be explained through the hopefully complex lore. A type of supernatural that would fit nicely in with the Gothic themes and Victorian/Edwardian settings yet still be immersive, deep, complex and the like -- this includes magical abilities some characters may use in combat situations or other worlds that exist parallel to this one, etc. etc.. I will notify in the comments if any edits were made. Again, thank you for reading and answering my questions.