Monday, June 4, 2012

Dreamless Blog Tour



I'm lucky to be participating in the the DREAMLESS Blog Tour.


Josephine is chatting with us about writing her most challenging character.

I think the most challenging character for me to write about was Daphne.  She has a specific goal throughout the course of the books, but I didn’t want to give that goal away until the climax, so choosing what to reveal to the reader and what to withhold was one of the hardest aspects of developing the STARCROSSED storyline.  Stephen King once said that good books don’t reveal all their secrets at once.  But he never said when exactly to reveal them.

This is why I’m such a big fan of outlines.  Sometimes the difference between an exciting book and a slow one doesn’t have anything to do with the plot or the characters.  It’s in the timing of the reveals that decides how engrossing that story is.  Outlining is the best way to plan when to reveal secrets to the reader, and by spacing out the secrets, you can keep people turning pages, desperate to find out what happens next.

Daphne’s backstory and her motivation for all the terrible things she does to Helen drive the pace in STARCROSSED and her timeline decides the spacing of some major reveals.  I worked my butt off to make her as effective as possible.  She is a complicated character, but ultimately, it has been extremely rewarding for me to write her.

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19 comments:

fourheadjen said...

Wow, that's interesting to hear. I've never really considered that fact before... When do you reveal?
Anyway, great question.
Remember to have fun with the writing process too!

Shauna Buck said...

These books sound so good!!

Mundie Moms said...

Thank you for being on the tour!!! :)

Rina Lee said...

Ah Daphne, she's a challenging character to read too! I want to hate her, but at the same time I just can't bring myself to think she's as selfish as she seems.

Thanks for a great post!

thenicoledeleon said...

Loved the tour and of course the book! Can't wait for Goddess!! :)

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Vivien said...

It was fantastic learning about her most difficult character. This is one my favorite things to learn about authors. It makes me see those characters in a completely new light. Timing and spacing really do matter!

Desiree said...

I loved, loved, loved this book! If you haven't read it, go buy it now!

Elise said...

Daphne is a very interesting character. Look forward to finding out what her goal is in Goddess!

lucaseth said...

I had a feeling Daphne has a long range plan ...possibly a long con...don't trust or like her alot....

lucaseth said...

Look forward to GODDESS a great deal...Knew Daphane was up to something....a long con...really don't trust or like her very much..

3ba3a1e6-33d8-11e0-b347-000f20980440 said...

Ok I love that daphne was the toughest character for her to write cause she's the toughest character for me to like. I want to love her, but I don't trust her and her secrets! Thanks for sharing this insight Josie!! I can't wait to find out more!!

Ella said...

Hi! I love the guest post and Josephine has a good point (:

Snatcher Girl said...

I love how she has everything planned out. That always resonates with me as a reader, undoubtedly in part because of Harry Potter ^_^

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

Great guest post! I love how Angelini totally maps out the series, and I'm pretty sure is really detailed and thorough about it. Can't wait for DREAMLESS! :D

Rabiah

Lover of Paranormal said...

Another Awesome post on the tour! I have enjoyed all of them! Great job!

Lover of Paranormal said...

Awesome Post! I loved every stop along this tour! Great Job!! <3

Josie Angelini said...

Thank you all for being a part of the blog tour!! <3

Josie Angelini said...

Thank you all for being a part of the blog tour!! <3