Hi all, I’ve been thinking about character perspectives for my novel, in which there are at least 10 major characters. I normally like to write in third-person omniscient, so I can pick and choose exactly what details I tell the reader (and which I hold back, for dramatic reasons). However, when I normally write, I’m using perhaps 3 or 4 characters at the most. This flitting back and forth between a multitude of characters is, I fear, becoming somewhat confusing. Of course, it’s easy for me to understand, as I know what’s going on. But for a reader, I think they may find it difficult to keep track of the characters, especially as they all appear in scenes together. I’m thinking now about using close third perspective, with the perspective changing from character to character with each chapter. Would this help ease the confusion over all the characters? I feel as though it would restrict my development of characters, as I wouldn’t be able to offer insight in to each character until we shift to their perspective. Some of my characters are ‘throwaway’, as in they’re only being set up to be killed (think the classic slasher movies). Still, I like to be able to give them some personality, despite not really needing to ever shift to their perspective. Also, the chapters I have written so far would require shifting during the chapter. I know I could add a chapter break, but that feels as though it may be a cheat. Breaking the chapters I’ve written also feels quite awkward, as there aren’t really any natural places for the breaks to occur. I really need to know what I ought to do! What’s the common thing to do here? Am I missing something obvious? Thoughts, feelings, opinions? I have posted a chapter HERE, should anybody care to take a look.