Recently, I've been developing two separate stories. Because their worlds are somewhat alike, I got the idea to merge them together. However, now the main cast is too big, and I'm running into "complications". For example, now there's two love triangles (or more like a love triangle and a love V), and two couples. I feel like I'd have to give some of the characters the axe I'm also having a hard time deciding who I want to be the main character, since I'm bringing two really strong protagonists together. Both of their voices are so strong to me and I don't want to abandon or lessen either one's character arch. So would it make since, or would it help to write a couple novels/books for one of my protagonists, and a couple for the other? At the climax, or peak of the series, I'd write a book, which would merge the two plots together, having all the characters meet. Or if I combine the two stories into one, should I just eliminate some of the characters that don't serve a purpose or are redundant, and hop around with third person limited/omniscient. (though I admit, I feel uncomfortable with this. I've read third person books with this happening where it wasn't done well and I don't want the same thing to happen). EDIT Ook so I just realized what I'd basically be doing is a crossover. It would be simply from a different person's perspective. And I think it would get confusing to have some of the characters enter in and out of one book and appear in another.