I keep changing my approach to my "project," so please try to bear with me if you can. My original concept was a personal memoir that focused not on me as much as my brother, who was a heroin addict. I posted the beginning in the workshop and the reactions were negative about my subject matter and my style. The original beginning was a very unpleasant episode in my brother's life. The consensus, though not that many folks chimed in, was that it was a downer and lacked visual description. I rewrote it adding a bit more descriptive language but the second cut didn't fare any better with the critics. Taking the criticism seriously but unwilling to give up on the idea, I decided to try it as a novel, presented as fiction, but covering the same subject. I decided to start the novel at a point where things were going well, when my brother (or the narrator's brother, if you prefer) was in his prime and hadn't yet acquired his habit. The narrator and his brother were both musicians, and the story begins near the beginning of their first road trip. Drugs, sex and rock and roll in the minor leagues of show biz. I hope to post the opening soon in the workshop section but I seem to be prevented from doing this at the moment. Nevertheless, the opening is quite lighthearted and humorous (I like to think). As I have been writing, I realize there is a wealth of material there, and it might be enough to sustain a novel on its own. At the same time, the larger story is the one I really want to tell. So my quandary is how best to proceed. Should I: 1. Start with the rock and roll road stories, but use them economically as part of a larger book about "the brother?" 2. Start with the r & r stories and include as much as I think is good as a part of the larger book? 3. Do the rock and roll book separately as a tease to a sequel which will explore the darker side? 4. None of the above? 5. Abandon the whole idea, it sucks.