Dear all, I've wanted to write a novel for many years but my ideas have never felt sufficiently substantial. I've been mulling over an idea recently which I feel could develop into a science fiction saga across more than one novel within the same universe. I'm really excited about this but trying to restrain myself from making too hasty a start despite writing a 3,500 word opening chapter yesterday to try out some of my character ideas. I'm happy with the way it's going so far and I'm now going to make some plot flow charts and character plans before continuing to write. I've also written a short essay on the core science fiction concept which underpins the plot so I can remain consistent throughout. I'm planning on writing the novel with a structure in which each chapter focuses on one particular character's sub-plot, each as a distinct entity. This will be similar to Murakami's 1Q84, in which the chapters were entitled 'Tengo' and 'Aomame' to indicate which of the characters the chapter focused on. Throughout the book their plots become further intertwined. My intention is that each character's sub-plot explores a separate implication of the technological advance at the core of the science fiction. I have not yet decided to what extent the characters will meet and interact with each other, if at all. I intend for some of the characters to appear in other stories within the same universe. Now for my question. I am unsure whether the best strategy is to write the sub-plots for each character all in one go, or write them in chapter order. For example, the chapter structure might be something like: Chapter 1: John Chapter 2: Jane Chapter 3: Steve Chapter 4: John And so on (not real character names btw...) Would it be best to write them in chapter order, or write all of John's chapters, then all of Jane's, then all of Steve's etc? Any input would be welcome. I'm sorry if this post is too long or in the wrong section.