I validated last night, in the middle of the scene that is about to ramp our characters up into the climax of the novel. Chloe and Braxton aren’t talking to each other. As soon as Martin finds out about that, he won’t be talking to Chloe either. Fortunately, Jason and Carrie are both down with our girl Chloe, even if Carrie thinks she’s a little melodramatic. Oh, and then there’s the fact that only one of those people really knows Chloe is seeing ghosts.
Into that situation, I’m going to propel them against the bad guy, who is being bad for good reasons (or at least sympathetic reasons) but will quite happily kill Chloe and anyone she brings with her.
I think it’ll net me another 15-25k words for a truly complete novel.
Then I’ll be ready for beta readers.
Beta Readers who love me.
Beta readers who are harsh.
Beta readers who want to bleed ink on my pages.
…yes, that’s all possible. :D
Anyway, if you’re interested/willing to offer a critique of my zero-first draft when it’s done, comment and we’ll talk. :)