When I was 11 I wrote 3 novels, I was really proud of them and sent them off to everyone I knew to read. As I got older and my writing developed I began to notice some things places where I went wrong, reasons why it wasn't good and became embarrassed for even showing it to people! But I loved the characters and I loved the ideas and I thought well great idea maybe a little editing...So I started to edit it. Then I realized editing it was pointless they were a total of 1,000 something pages (together not as a whole) about 300 or something pages a piece. There was no way I was going to be able to edit it all especially since I didn't have the same mindset that I have now as I had then. So I decided that I would just rewrite it all over, change it from first person to 3rd person, the tenses, and make some of the characters like the mom and the aunts have more of a history and a background that we see throughout the book. And I thought great! How exciting! Well...I ended up with several different characters all with histories and stories I wanted to tell. The Mother, The Aunts (individually), The three sisters (each individually), and perhaps even another character. Well...then I thought ok! I'll just break it up and write their 'name' to show which perspective we're in and whose history we're looking at. And I began to type...and research...and type away. And each character I began to write about had me so absorbed because they were all so different and great, and had so many things I loved that were just so fascinating and then.... I realized I was on the 22nd page of just 'one' of the characters, and at this rate I would be writing another 1,000 paged book (or at least 500). And I wanted it to be around 100 or 200 maybe even less. And then it dawned on me....how do I actually turn 3 books that come up to 1,000 pages into way less???? So...you can see where the rates were going right? So my question becomes: -Is it okay to have a book where each 'chapter' is dominated by a different point of view. (optionally) -Is it okay to switch up the point of view, and to go back and fourth in time throughout? -How can I keep it short or sweet? or should? Would long be okay? -Or should I just give each character/generation their own book/story? Or maybe it could work depending on how I went about it. So how should I go about it? (any ideas). Something else I noticed. This book has more dialogue than it has 'get inside their head' kind of detail. I noticed while I was writing that the dialogue and the actions express most of the emotions vs. the fillers (which I call filling in thoughts what the character at that point is thinking). I was wondering if that was OK or not good. I don't know why but normally that stuff comes naturally to me, but it just doesn't feel right for some of the books I write.