I thought we needed something to talk about over here, and since this has been going through my head, I thought I would share.
One of the ideas I got from television (Castle, I think) was this:
End a scene with one character doing something (like, walking out a door, for example), and then start the next scene with a different character finishing the same task (like coming through a door). Or, end a scene with one character setting down a coffee pot, then switch scenes, time and place, and start with a different character picking up a coffee pot.
I thought this was so great on screen, I wanted to see if I could write an entire book ending and starting each chapter with this trick. Of course, I wasn't able to. In fact, I think I ended up changing the two chapters where I had accomplished it, for better cliff-hangers, or punchier lines. But all in all, I think it still worked on paper.
An idea I got from watching The Mentalist I'm currently incorporating into the series I'm working on. So far I've divulged this plot line to only two people. One person didn't like the idea at all, while the second person thought it was a great idea. Personally, I think it's going to be awesome, so I'm going for it.
So . . . I was just curious if any of you have tried something you saw on the screen, and felt it just didn't work on paper?