Every night I read aloud whatever I wrote during the day to my boyfriend @roycedaniel, and he gives me his initial feedback. Yesterday he said something profound, something I didn't see.
"You’re using the story to advance the story instead of using the characters to advance the story."
Wow. I was floored. I was blind to it. And so I learn, step by step, day by day, listening to his feedback, to my readers' feedback, how to write better.