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Is it sometimes okay to info dump to enhance your story even if it's not necessary to the plot

I am writing a YA novel in 3rd person limited. The first scene of the chapter opens in a high school classroom. We don't know the name of the school or where it's at just yet. The character does, but ...
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How to make “new apprentice” type info-dump less boring

I'm writing a story wherein a teenager X gets suddenly and involuntarily enlisted in an sci-fi army. I need to explain certain technology to the reader, and the army needs to explain certain ...
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How to write an interview-style story without it being an infodump?

Inspired by the Underworld setting where vampires slept in steampunk-styled sarcophagi, slowly deteriorating until they were woken and fed, I wrote a story about vampires as aliens who crash-landed on ...
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How to avoid info dumps in fan fiction?

I was wondering what kind of advice do you have to avoid info dumps in fan fiction? Granted this can usually be avoided in fan fiction by sticking to what is known. But when you work with au's or ...