It's not my usual thing. But right now I'm resting from my main Steampunk novel, so I'm writing something completely different and strange. It involves or may yet involve some of the following elements.
Yes. Those are tacos.
Along with writing something that is unlike anything I've ever written before, I am also writing this story completely on the fly, with absolutely no idea where I am going. :) It's fun. A nice break.
It's a brooding, dark, sad kind of story. My main character is a wanderer, a person without a home who is prevented from ever having one. He's searching for something, and when he finds it, his journey can end. Only, he doesn't know what he's looking for.
I need him to make a friend, to take the edge off of his loneliness and to give him something to care about, because right now, he doesn't care about anything. And I NEED him to care about something, because once he cares, I, the horrible author, can cause the thing that he cares about to be taken away.
It makes good fiction, okay? Stop looking at me like that.
What is the most interesting place that you can think of for him to make a friend? Any place in the modern world - just try to be specific. For example, don't say 'Australia.' Say 'A bicycle shop in Sydney run by a one-eared ginger.'
Specificity. That's what'll make this fun.
And... should your idea please me to the point that I decide to use it, you will not only get special kudos from me and a link posted to your blog, but I'll also do a 10-page read-through on a manuscript, set of poems, song lyrics, or whatever. If you don't have a blog and you're not a writer, then I'll name a character after you. A nice character who everyone else will wish was named after them. :)
The stakes are high! Fame and glory await you! Anyone can enter! You've got until Tuesday night, midnight. Oh, and let your friends know. I'd love to see a ton of ideas.