Good Evening fellow writers. I am so fresh here that I'm not even sure if I should dare to ask for your help. But I will, because nothing else worked. I tried alcohol, long walks, chocolate, more alcohol, sticking my head under water, watching re-runs of Benedict Cumberbatch and still, nothing but 2 unflattering, uninspired plot options. Right. Whining aside, please bear with this DARN LONG plot options! A journalist, Alex, is asked by his publisher to write a book with contemporary social/political connotations (in order to get published). He picks "emigration" for personal reasons (comes from a family of Welsh emigrants). He finds a woman Lina, a permanent resident coming from Romania, and through a suite of interviews, correspondence and such, she tells him her life story. *** Important note, her life story IS the main subject of the book. But because I didn’t want it to be just a narrative about her perspective on living as an emigrant in US which in itself, is pretty tumultuous, nor that I wanted to keep it in simple first person, I came up with a subplot. Alex and Lina form a bond, a relationship, drawn to each other despite the one (so far) antagonist’s efforts opposing any " tête-à-tête " between our protagonists, because obviously she (Alex’s fiancé) is jealous. I established that Alex is a coward, overall spineless individual that has pretty much wasted his life. He is desperate at this point to “prove” his worth, to himself, his fiancé (the antagonist no1.) and to his estranged brother Billy (perhaps, antagonist 2) with whom he always had a profound rivalry. Through Lina’s influence, he progresses and evolves as a character. The plot (so far) goes like this: (…Lina’s story etc…) then, Lina drags Alex to an event where accidentally, he gets arrested. He appeals to Barbara, but instead, it is Lina that contacts his only living relative, his uncle, who happen to host Billy for a visit. Billy is the opposite of Alex in a way, leading an adventurous and humanitarian life, dedicated to others and has also acquired some wealth. Alex gets out and gets back with his fiancé, blaming Lina for his time in 12 hours jail. Lina goes on with making a documentary, and corresponds back and forth with Alex continuing her story and relating her observations about the “American dream” which is the subject of her movie, and pretty much, the subject of Alex’s book. They meet once again, in Las Vegas where they have a very intense affair. He chickens out and returns home and rekindles his wedding prospect. Lina is devastated, even more so that she finds out she is pregnant with Alex. She tries to continue the relationship but he is shuts her down, and so she decides to have an abortion. Meanwhile, his uncle dies, but the time they spend together before his death helps Alex have a change of heart (too late ) Lina is marrying her long friend and cameraman in order to be able to bring to United States her 3 year old son, that has been raised by her mother, back in Romania. When the book is finalized, they meet again, after a year or so, and she has her son with her. Alex finds out that she divorced the cameraman and that now she was free, but Lina is stone cold refusing any kind of romantic involvement with him. They part, and when everything seems lost, he finds she “missed her train” (yeah, I am a big fan of Tolstoi, sue me) and it ends there, we do not know really if they get back together or not. OR Billy and Lina meet (because of the Alex's arrest) and instantly and profoundly, connect. Billy(mainly) just to spite Alex, distracts Lina and convinces her to follow her own “American Dream” instead of just being the subject of his brother’s book (helping him realize his goals etc). He sponsors the production of the documentary and meets with Lina couple of times while she is travelling/filming. Alex, cowardly, despite his obvious feelings for her, decides to stay put with his fiancé. Billy knows of Lina’s feelings and Alex’s as well, and plots to have those two on irreconcilable terms. He marries Lina in Vegas and so she gets her son over, but when she gets pregnant with him (as well that Alex and Lina still have a strong friendship connection, Alex breaking up his wedding prospects because he realizes he is in love with Lina) he abandons both and leaves for his adventures in Africa etc. Alex pursues Lina once her divorce is pronounced, but she considers that all bridges have been burnt and there was too much damage. Same ending. Which one of those options you consider is the better one? Hah. Probably, neither. I am of course, open to other suggestions if you are so kindly inclined! I thank you in advance, and once again, sorry for the long long plot description.