I had this scene where a door gets kicked in and a group of people enter as if they didn't have a care in the world.
From the POV of those inside the building all they know is that some kind of aircraft lands outside, the door falls to the ground, and this group just walks in.
Someone reading about the scene didn't like it because they said "doors just don't fall down by themselves. Who kicked it in?"
Do I as the author have to connect every last dot. Can the reader not understand that the people who walked in most likely kicked the door down?
Do I have to (and this still gets me) "show" every little move? Are people that lacking in imagination that I have to connect all the dots?
But then at the same time I read things that say the reader is smarter than you think. They'll have a mystery solved in a manner of moments. But yet they want things to be shown. For the sake of humanity don't tell people the character built a chair, show the character building a chair. Don't say the character hammered a nail into a piece of wood, show the hammer getting nailed into the piece of wood.
I'm sorry, but who the hell doesn't know what a nail getting driven into a piece of wood by a hammer looks like?
Then are info dump issues. Don't explain elements of a story to people they don't want an essay. But then if you go on using terminology from a particular field, then people feel alienated. They'll have no idea what you're talking about.
The student did as instructed, while waiting for the CDU BIT and EGI alignment process to complete, he turned on the CICU located on the AHCP. Then after seeing the DTS on the MFCDs he set the IFFCC switch to TEST.
Now what they freak did all that mean? Can't tell you because that will be info dumping. The evil info dump.
People want everything to be shown but then get pissed when you have to explain it to them.
Another thing that got people mad was starting a story in the middle of a battle. Well who is who? I remember reading a review for the show Band of Brothers. They rated it so low because it was difficult to follow and didn't make any sense.
I've seen movies that started off in the middle of a battle. Bodies getting blown to bits on top of that. I knew it was the American's fighting the Vietcong.
I don't need a backstory on every trooper to understand that this is fighting to stay alive.
I mean for instance.
His dirt covered hands held the photo of his young and wife and baby. Her smile brought him thousands of miles back home, to a place he loved. The smell of death, blood, and smoke reminded him of the hell he was in, and the realization that he may never see her made his stomach sink. A shell's howl jerked him from his thoughts.
"Incoming!" shouted someone.
He ducked into his fox hole just as the world around him exploded. The ground shook and tree tops exploded. Splinters, shrapnel, and clumps of ground rained down as the enemy continued their barrage.
Okay so what I get from that is that you have a husband and father thinking about being home, but fighting in a forest somewhere, that is getting hammered by enemy artillery.
I don't know. In the end. What do people want? Do they want an author to hold their hand or not?