Hey everyone! So I’m in the process of writing my first book & have been for about a year now, and I’ve really got my teeth into it so far. I’ve written a good 2/3 of it and I’m super proud of it - it’s rewarding and really bewildering to look at it and think that I created something like this! I’m having some trouble with the next step though. How do you get over showing your work to other people? I write with my boyfriend sat next to me a lot, and I always click away from the window or start doing something else when I feel him looking over. I’ve also not sent any of my work to anyone despite having offers to proof read and give feedback! I’m just terrified people are gonna think it’s dumb, it doesn’t make sense, it’s not enjoyable, all of the regular things! I know it's a fairly irrational thing to be worrying about, because if I want to stand a chance of getting published or being recognised for my work then I'm going to just have to bite the bullet and put it out there. But I just have a lot of anxiety about it! This book is like my baby, and I guess I'm afraid of it being torn to pieces in the big wide world :') Can anyone offer some advice on how to get over this speed bump? Thank you!