brain drizzle is what occurs when you don't have enough ideas to have a brainstorm. or too many ideas to choose from that no single one of them amounts to much.
trying to come up with what i want to write about for nanowrimo. luckily, it's still a month away, because i have NO idea what i want to write about. i thought about expanding on a short story i wrote about a year ago. i have enough material in it i think i could expand it into a novel, even without using the material i already wrote for it. which would be added to the expanded story, but not counted in the 50K word count for the challenge. i could actually do that with any one of three short stories i wrote while in my senior year at OSU. they are all short stories i have wanted to revisit and expand on. i think it's mainly between my stories Underdeveloped and Joshua Tree (which would need a new title, for serious). i love the character in both.
Underdeveloped stars Caleb and Jamie. Caleb is a recovering alcoholic and an underachiever, and content that way. His best friend Jamison died of alcohol poisoning one year before the main story takes place. Jamison's death was a wake-up call for Caleb, and he struggled for a year to get his own drinking under control. By the time the short story takes place, he hasn't had a drink in about six months, but still feels the urge almost every day. Enter Jamie, a girl who injects herself into Caleb's life. She is erratic, manipulative, and a compulsive liar. Her presence, her name, and her disregard for the sanctity of dead memories disrupt Caleb's complacent existence, but start a friendship that is a lot like iodine on an open wound: painful at first, but ultimately beneficial in its cleansing properties.
The original short story takes place over a single day and is about how Caleb and Jamie meet. The material I want to add to it would explore Caleb and Jamison's friendship before Jamison died, Caleb's ensuing alcoholism, and the longer effects of Caleb and Jamie's friendship and possible romance. I want to stay away from romance, though, so as not to descend into cliches. This is not a romantic comedy.
But as I said, I think I have enough material here that I could write a novel with it.
The second short story I wanted to expand is Joshua Tree, the story of Ben and Hoosh, two guys who have a chance encounter when Ben picks up Hoosh as a hitchhiker along a highway between small reservation towns in Nevada. The story takes place over a couple hours and mainly deals with their short but impressionistic ride together. They leave a mark on one another. I have wanted to go back and revisit this story for months, but I don't know what I would add to it. Bringing them back together after Ben drops Hoosh off at his destination seems unlikely and more like writing fanfiction for myself than anything. Just because I want them to get back together and develop a stronger bond doesn't mean it should, would, or even could happen. I could seriously write a novel about them taking a trip from Nevada to Alaska, inspired heavily by my own drive from Oklahoma to Alaska. But I have no idea why they would make the trip. It bears some thinking over, though. I love the characters, and I would love to revisit them. They totally would be gay for each other by the end of the trip, btw. XD I may not actually include that in the story, but in my head, they would totally be in love.
So, yeah... a couple possibilities to drizzle over.