I've never in my life taken a creative writing course, although I have read a few books, and while I've wanted to write since I was a little kid I never actually sat down to do it before. Yesterday, at about 4am in the morning, I finally finished a full short story. I'm quite proud of it, I know its nothing amazing, but it does show that if I really try maybe I can write. Of course, I know its most likely utter rubbish, isn't everybody's first piece supposed to be trash? So, I'm wondering, while I don't plan on posting it right away, I'll give it a week or two to ferment and than edit it, is it worth wasting someone's time by posting my first and obviously amateur piece of work for critique, or would you recommend spending a little more time getting some writing practice in before I actually post something? I know as I write this that of course some people will say yes, isn't the point of getting critiqued so that you can learn what your weaknesses are and become a better writer? Yet, I can't help but feel that I would be wasting people's time if I posted something completely amateur. Than again, chances are I'm just trying to justify not posting out of fear of what people will say.