I'm launching a serial in june and would like to ask some advice concerning issues that I haven't seen covered elsewhere on the forum. For one, I'm not a native english speaker and have only written about 20K english words total over the course of a decade. That was the total before I got started on the sample chapters, at least, now I'm at about 35K.
I'm not a complete "newbie" - I started writing in german when I was about 10 - but I often feel I lack the required verbosity to really bring scenes to life the way I envision them in my head. As a result, I make extensive use of dict.cc and Linguee, and some paragraphs just seem to take forever because there's some detail I need to research for every other sentence.
My reviewers usually don't notice the difference (assuming they're being honest), but I'm looking for tools and techniques to speed the storyforging process up and make it less of a slog. Are there any writers among you who also use english as their secondary language, and have some advice to share?
My other question concerns the narrative perspective. I'm planning to switch between 3-4 main characters (two of them are a pair and share the same arc) rather than follow a single one. My main reason would be narrative breadth. All of those characters will come from very different background and have unique personalities with their own ways of perceiving and interpreting the world, and the scope of the overarching plot is international. Basically, the world as we know it slowly goes downhill, established structures fail, and an increasing number of new groups and factions start dealing with the chaos in their own way. I'm planning to have certain themes and events overlap, though. For instance, character A hears about an event on the news, and in the next arc, character B is in the midst of it. Some of them will eventually meet up with each other, as well.
My main concern is whether this kind of narrative scope is realistic for a serial. What if half of the readers really like character A, but don't care about character B? They would need to wait for a month or two before they could get back to reading about him. To clarify - my current idea is to dedicate an arc of about 5 chapters to one character before switching to another.
If anyone could share some advice on how to make this work, I'd be really grateful. I WILL try to make all characters equally interesting.