...Get two different people to read your writing.
I sent Gabrys off to someone to read, I dunno, six months ago? So they could kinda beta-read it because I wanted to edit it and bind it.
It took 'em about two weeks to read it (it's ~33k words) and then they didn't really like it anyway, and I'd got enough on my plate at the time that it was kinda the icing on it all. I just stuffed it in the metaphorical drawer (i.e. my writing folder on my desktop, which I don't often bother looking in anyway) and continued to fail to write anything, on that or anything else.
A month ago I dragged the file out again, made notes about what happens in each chapter, smashed some chapters together, realised I still hated it and hid it. Then, because someone else I knew had sorta wanted to read something, I sent it to them and they said they'd offer notes on it. So I figure, that'll be another two weeks if not more, but at least they won't want to read anything else afterwards.
They messaged me back that night to say they'd finished it and enjoyed it. They also said they'd reread it and send me notes and didn't, but you can't blame anyone for only just surviving one readthrough of my shit, hah. In the end the only thing they really said was they wanted more of one certain character in it, but other than that they'd enjoyed it.
I'm glad they enjoyed it, but I'm still glad I quit doing this shit for publication.
I've started watching Twitch. There's even a whole bunch of writers on there who stream their writing. I've just turned someone off because he was more interesting in calling his viewers cunts than editing, which is always fun! (Made my day-job senses twitch.)
Be cool to see more writers on there though. Preferably ones with better tastes in music too.
Probably not me though. That would involve, you know, actual writing.
Asexual, aromantic, and transmasc non-binary. No, I have no idea how I ended up writing romance either.