I am making the transition between writing short things and passages to trying to piece together a novel. I haven't quite mastered the art of a single scene, but I feel like I am developing a feel for it. My question--and I do realize how hard a question it is to answer--is how do you manage the change of tones in a novel from chapter to chapter? In my personal example, it's told through two first person perspectives. The main main character is a young guy who is looking at a major life change coming up. He has lighter conversations, more youthful expressions and jokes around. The second main is a military captain. He is at the end of his days, or at least close to them. He is in the middle of a mission and tension is high. He has the burden of his choices as a leader of men. What sort of techniques should be implemented at the beginning of a chapter to symbolize the transition? Is the page break enough? Should I just concentrate on making sure the chapter stands on its own and let the reader figure out what is happening? So far, the name of the character and their location and time is at the beginning of each chapter. So, there really isn't any reason to confuse the characters. But, if the two sets of stories have vastly different tones, moods and sentence structures, would that startle the reader or cause a problem? Also, if you have any experience with books that have multiple first person narratives that you think are good and I should try out, I'd love to hear about them. Thanks in advance.