I am curious to know at what point other posters are in their writing, (aspiring, finished but unpublished novel, published, etc.) and who they have told about it, (friends, family, co-workers) and how much they have mentioned about their writing. Did you find telling any of these people that you were writing, or that you intended to write, to be helpful or a hindrance? Do you wish you could go back and have kept it to yourself because of ridicule, or do you wish you had told others sooner because it would have helped motivate you? I'm curious because I haven't told anyone outside of my family, (who have been supportive) and I am going to get a part-time job soon and wonder if, when my potential boss asks what I have been doing with my time, if I should be honest and say writing, even though nothing has come of it yet. I don't want it to seem that I was just doing nothing with my time and would be a poor employee, or be dishonest. Any thoughts would be helpful!