I'm currently working on a chapter that has three different scenes that happen in the same time frame. I'm trying to build suspense in this chapter. As I see it, I could handle it one of two ways: 1. I could write a number of small scenes and keep the time frame linear (but this may break up the suspense factor I was aiming for). Or... 2. I could just write three scenes and backtrack (but I fear confusing my readers doing it this way). I should mention that I have some characters who show up in different scenes. For example: Person A is in scene one, then moves to scene three. But between scene one and three, runs into Person B. Person B then ends up in scene one. Then Person C starts off in scene two, but moves to scene three before Person A leaves scene one. And I've probably just made you guys dizzy just trying to follow that. Sigh. It's really not that confusing when reading the actual story, though. Basically the gist of what is happening is that someone is executing a plan with a group of people. And in order for the plan to be successful, three different things must happen at the same time. The three different parts of the plan are the three different scenes. But I also need to move characters around in order for people to be in the right place at the right time. I can't condense it to just one person's pov and observing the others around him/her because they are in three different locations. I hope I'm making sense. I only had four hours sleep last night so my brain is iffy at the moment. So, the question is, how should I handle the scenes? Linear with smaller scenes? Or backtracking with just three larger scenes? Edit: I need to just not post at 1:00am. I just saw a similar post below. Sorry about that. Though this is a little different seeing as it's taking place in separate places.