Allow me to explain my interest in this topic. I have never shared any of my creative writing with loved ones (until now, dun dun duuuuun). Just 2 weeks ago I allowed my husband to read the first chapter of a story I am working on, "The first chapter only and not a word more" I think were my exact words. This was probably one of the most terrifying experiences I have ever put myself through. The waiting as he read (slowly >:Z), the wondering what he would think, the criticism he may reign down on me it all made me want to vomit. Here's the interesting thing: I wouldn't feel like that giving my work to a complete stranger (which I have) to critique. I'm assuming it's because I do not have an emotional investment with a stranger. I would go so far as to writing under a pen name to avoid my loved ones reading my books. If I finish the novel, I wouldn't want my husband to read it (not because of content, but because of...something I can't put words to, maybe something akin to fear). I would never, ever want my parents to read my work (probably a result of Tiger parenting), or my brother...my brain is hemorrhaging at the thought. So I am interested in all of you, experienced writers or novices! My questions are: 1. When was the first time - as an adult - that you showed someone really close to you a piece of work? How was the experience? 2. Is there anyone in your life whom you would prefer not to read your work?