For some time now (ever since reading Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin ), and wanting to write a novel myself (yes, it would be a first novel), I have been searching around for guidelines and tips on how to go about writing multiple MC and multiple plot stories. I haven't been able to find any. Every single book on writing I've come across is inevitably written on the premise that there is only one main character, and one main plot (with a scattering of subplots). Perhaps it's because it's the easiest way, but I know it's not the only way, and I would like to master it. Has anybody here got any pointers? And also which other novels do you know of that have more than one protagonist and plot? Does the novel 'work', and if not, where do you feel it falls flat?