My story is broken into 8 sections. Sections 1 and 2 take place simultaneously, in two different worlds. The other 6 continue in a linear fashion (switching back & forth between the two worlds as needed).
Right now it's not particularly obvious that 1 and 2 are happening at the same time. There's only 1 character who appears in both (he appears towards the end of each section).
What can I do to make this more obvious to the reader?
Some options I've already considered:
- Give up and merge 1 and 2. I'm really trying to keep 1 and 2 separate - otherwise I'll be introducing about 20 different characters and worldbuilding info for 2 separate worlds all at once.
- Put dates on each chapter. This feels heavy-handed, and the two worlds aren't supposed to be using the same calendar.
- Leave it as is. Hopefully, the shared character gives enough information for the reader to figure it out. (The trick here is to make it look less forced.)
Edit: Time flows at the same rate in both worlds. Sections 1 & 2 last for 1 month.
There is one event at the beginning that affects both worlds, but it doesn't look the same in both worlds.