Remember the end of the Godfather, where they spliced all the different assassinations with the christening? Or any film with good cutting, where they swap between different characters and what they're doing? That can work great with books, too. But I want some advice on how to do it properly.
I have several characters going through the same event, but from different places and perspectives. The question is the best way of writing the experience and presenting it.
Should I write out each character's story in full, one at a time? I could then look at the six completed stories and decide how to intermix them and work out the pacing. Of course this has the issue that if I write the stories to stand on their own, it might be hard to fit them into the pacing of the overall structure. I can rework stuff, but it may end up a lot of work, and some things may not click.
The alternative is to plan it out more basically. Draw out a basic outline of each character's story, try to work out how the cuts will mix and when it swaps where, then after working out a plan you try to implement it and change it as necessary.
The final method is just to go full discovery writer, swap by instinct when you think you need a lull in the action by swapping to the character who is trying to hotwire a car, to build tension as the reader wonders what is happening to the one who has been kidnapped.
I would like advice on what you think may be the best way to splice multiple stories/perspectives together.
As a bonus question, any advice on changing heads/perspectives in third person limited (but not limited to one protagonist) is also welcome.