Input Needed: To mix chapters or not to mix chapters…

Input needed! Help decide how I format Iron Tribune!

I’m looking for some input on Iron Tribune. Currently, I have the story written in two parts. The first one is almost done, and consists of events in the eastern part of the empire and focuses around Constantine, Julius, and Alexandros. The second part focuses on events in Rome and focuses on Octavia, Corbus, and Marciena, plus one more surprise character. The events happen concurrently in the story, but I wanted to split them up. But right now I’m unsure about continuing this. The events in Rome do impact the events in the east, but mostly at the end. I’d love to hear the community’s thoughts on this matter. Would you rather have the story lines written together, or finish one before starting the other in the same book?

If he had a watch, he'd be making sure to stay on schedule
If he had a watch, he’d be making sure to stay on schedule

Author: Daniel Ottalini

Author of the Award-Winning Steam Empire Chronicles Series

6 thoughts on “Input Needed: To mix chapters or not to mix chapters…”

  1. I’d rather have the story lines written together. Once everything plays out, it’s a letdown to read the events that lead up to the conclusion.

  2. Can see how this could be tricky. Mixing together would be interesting, especially if there are minor cliffhangers on each story thread. And that way it should head to an even bigger ending, than having two different ones.

    Test both ideas out on two different beta readers?

  3. I think that it adds more suspense to mix chapters. I usually alternate character perspective in my books, even if the story lines don’t coincide often, it kind of keeps in fresh. Although you could also actually have the book in two indicated parts, but I kind of prefer the mixing of chapters to that.

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