So tonight I have been outlining one of my novels. It started as an idea for a hard boiled mystery novel, but during the course of so many idea revisions and revises, it’s become more of a thriller, less of a mystery. I’ve decided to focus more on the relationships between my characters, and how they interact and the ripple effect of their relationships.
With that, I’ve also been graced with a very difficult choice: How to write my story. This story could be written a few ways, switching points of view with each scene, with each chapter, but I realized that this story has three very distinct plot lines. To get the full effect of the story, I need to amplify those. So, I’ve started this story with a single plot, and once it reaches a point I am calling the “merger point,” where the two main plot lines combine and all four of my main characters come together, I will rewind the timeline and the reader will start down the second plot line, up to that same merger point, from the second set of protag and antagonists points of view. It’s a unique way of handling things, for sure, but I think if I pull it off, it could be the best thing I’ve ever written.
Have you ever written anything with a unique timeline? Have you ever read anything with one? Do you think it worked, or could it work?