Fierce has three main characters with their own story lines. They have their own points of view but experience the same events, so I have to weave their stories together.
I had a hard enough time organizing the scenes for Sacred Fire!
Having multiple points of view will make the book richer, but it's not easy. How do I pull this off?
This is what I've done so far:
1. Create a separate outline for each character in a word document.
2. Write each scene on a card.
3. Lay all the cards out on the floor and organize them so the character's lives intersect in a way that's coherent.
4. Write the book the way I've organized it.
These steps weren't so bad. It's the revision part that gets tricky. I'm trying to make sure each story is fully developed and can stand on its own. When I read through the book, I'm working with so much information that it's next to impossible to give each my individual attention.
I've added a few more steps. The process is an experiment and it makes me nervous, but I think it'll work:
5. Separate all the scenes into three word documents, one for each character.
6. Work on each document one at a time. Develop each story line enough that if they were three different books, they'd be complete and satisfying.
7. Reweave the stories the way I originally organized them.
Have you ever tried to juggle multiple story lines? What was your process?