Last time I was talking about my rewrites I was looking into totally outlining my book due to timeline issues that had cropped up. Well that proved more than my lazy @ss was willing to do, so instead I use an old fashioned pen and paper to make a basic timeline. Then i went through the whole document and put in notes for *day one * night two and so forth. This was enough to get the problems fixed, but then I was seeing that it had become choppy… So…
This time I decided to break the whole book down into separate documents, one for Tabeth’s point of view, one for Kris’ point of view, and one for the main detective; Sarah. I figured that if I could read one point of view all the way through and not be totally lost, I had a winner. So, with the exception of the detective who is only a secondary character, I am now working on filling the gaps so that the story moves completely through both sets of eyes. Some things are obviously lost this way, but thats the point of having two perspectives right? One person doesn’t know what the other is doing, but the reader gets both sides. I figure this will give a lot more depth to the ‘scenes’ where they are both together as well.
The Plan is, after I get them together, separately, i can put them BACK together into a single document with a much better flow through. Sure I will have to get rid of anything that is too repetitive, but at least this way I will get two complete perspectives instead of a choppy ‘jerky cam’ story.
What do you think? Has anyone else tried this approach with a dual perspective story? Do you think it will work?