The soap I ordered arrived today, and it reeks of gin.
10/10 You should all buy this gin-soap.
bigfoot straight-up judging you rn
"oh honey those shoes?"
Fuck you, Bigfoot. You know how hard it is to find your size.
If you have several characters, each with a story to tell, why not tell them separately? Then, once you’ve developed each individual story, you can take a look at them and see how the details could intersect.
It may also be helpful to write plot points on notecards. Then you can lay them out and rearrange them to play with your timeline without having to erase-and-redraw (or undo-and-redraw, if you’re working digitally). What are the relationships between the actions and the events in the various stories? Which need to happen earlier, and which later? Moving the cards around might help you see possible connections you hadn’t thought of before.
Additionally, spending time with the characters by writing their stories separately may help you decide which one (or ones) you feel most drawn to working with in more depth.
Not that anyone would want my advice on writing, but …
Sometimes, you can lay out a bunch of stories, all happening in the same place, or at the same time, and you’ll see how they’re connected later. Sin City (if you can withstand that much Frank Miller) is a good example of this. They are all independent stories, but they all happen within ear shot of each other and they’re all linked, even if the connection isn’t immediately obvious.
Another good example is David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. The stories are all disparate, but you find the thread linking each to the others as time goes on. It’s a little hard to see in the movie, but the novel, while more of a hike, is much more clear and terribly rewarding. I’ll admit to using the “atlas of clouds” as an analogy here and there.
(Don’t try to use the atlas of clouds in normal conversation. People give you that “I suspect you’re super high” look.(I was not high))
The only way that background could be more Vancouvery is if Mulder was high fiving a totem pole.