If you don’t have trusted writing friends to be a sounding board to your novel-in-progress, get some. Your muse(s) will thank you. Plus, you get to have random conversations like this:
me: YES do it!
kill MC and make BFF go on a quest!
“and she found a note – “In the event of my death, go on a mighty quest!””
“and lo, she quested. and it was good.”
These bits of brainstorming made possible by NaNoWriMo, Google chat, and crit partner of Awesome, Melissa Veres. (I look forward to my dedication page when your book is finished and published!) 😉