Today's quote is from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
This is one I can identify with. I rarely tell anyone anything about what I'm working on. I don't even tell my husband what I'm working on. I discovered early in my life that if I started talking about a story before it was finished that was sure death for the story. Well meaning people would start giving me input; what to write about, what to say, which way to go etc. Suddenly I'd find I'd lost my story. It was gone, PUFF, just like that, vanished. I'd lost interest, lost inspiration. It was like it was no longer mine. It had somehow become someone elses. In other words it had gotten pneumonia and died.
I don't show anyone my work until I think it's fairly clean and finished. That's just the way I am. What about you? Are you like me, keeping the windows shut against the cold? Or do you hang your underwear outside on the line?