I’m currently working on a story that’s comprised of five shorter stories, each with their own plot, beginning, middle, conclusion, etc. but they all have the same characters, and the entire novel follows them across each one, and they're all connected to each other. I’m just wondering, though, am I wasting my time with all that? I really like the character’s stories being told in a sort of episodic way, but the book is getting so long that I’m probably going to have to spread it across two novels, the second made up of several short stories as well. Sometimes I really doubt that writing it this way is a good idea. I’ve never read a story told in this way before. Any thoughts?