One of my stories takes place in a city, where eight characters (all live in different houses) are tied up in the same plot. They want the council to change a law. They all have families, different jobs and discuss this issue in their homes. Here's my question...I cannot follow one character because he is not in the others' houses at the time they are talking. In my 3rd person pov I find myself jumping from character to character, every chapter introducing a new one or something new they have done. Is this normal to jump around this way ? Of course there is a tie-in and mentions of other characters in every chapter so there is a common thread but I wonder how best to not make it choppy when jumping from one household to another? PS: I cannot reduce the the number of characters, it does not fit with the story.