I got to thinking, how did Jane Austen handle this? I know she read her work aloud to a sister.
|Rumer and Jon Godden, novelists|
Rumer Godden describes a similar thing, taking her sister, Jon (also a novelist) out on a boat in Kashmir and reading an entire draft to Jon, whose only response is, "It won't do, Rumer."
The Bronte sisters were obviously a fan-club/critique group for one another, at least while they were all alive.
What about people who don't have literary siblings? What can we do?