I'm writing a novel and am currently having the problem of working out if I should have multiple plotlines or a singular one (with maybe one of two subplots running underneath) The central plot is about what happens when a "hidden heir" reclaims the throne but has no experience in ruling. The character (a prince) is struggling to win over the opinion of the people, who at first were happy, but are starting to notice that poverty still exists, famine is still a problem and since the new heir, not much has happened to improve their life. If anything, it's a little worse. An advisor suggests marriage, with which the prince isn't all too happy about (and don't worry, it's not a romance about that) but I'm wondering if this plot is enough of if I should have an additional plot to "thicken" the story, as it were. There's lot that can be here (political thriller, moral questioning, duty over love etc.) not to mention his affair with a woman that would destroy the kingdom were it to be found out. The second plot holds the same characters and seems to weave in amongst the original, but involves the death of witches and strongly follows the witch ambassador, rather than the Prince, for about half the story. The second plot would create fear in the people, and once the prince "solves" this problem, it would instil faith and public opinion, but I'm unsure if I'm shoehorning in a plot or adding additional depth. As so far, it definitely feels like shoehorning as it's like Chapter One: Plot A, Chapter Two: Plot B, but I think I can slow down plot two and dabble it through. Also, considering I'm writing close-third person from multiple perspectives (about three main characters, and a few additional others that serve plot) which may be too much for just a singular plot. Maybe the second plot just doesn't feel "authentic" enough for the story. I don't know, what do you guys think?