Tracy Grogan
Tracy Grogan asked David Baldacci:

Hi David -- You have a history of developing a large number of three-dimensional characters and providing deep understanding of sub-cultures to which most of us are not exposed; yet your stories never get bogged down in the details. What are your litmus tests for how much detail to provide, how to spread them out so as not to lose momentum and at what point to let the plot begin its final stretch run?

David Baldacci Thanks for writing, Tracy. On plotting and character, it's really almost an instinctual feel. Turn the tap on and off, providing just enough info to whet the reader's appetite. Bits and pieces of a character come out with tantalizing references to more to come. You want to tell enough to get people curious but you don't want to have an info dump that ruins the pace of the book. Less is definitely best.
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