And, a strange thing is happening.
I'm realizing that I'm scared to share this story with others.
This has something to do with fear. I fear that everyone will say they don't like my story. And, it's not the direct criticism that I'm afraid of, but I'm afraid of losing my own vision after hearing too many outside opinions.
I'm a pretty insecure writer. I question almost everything I produce, and it hasn't helped that some of my favorite stories are often ones that other people don't like. (Vice versa, the stories that people tend to like are often ones that I'm not as emotionally attached to and haven't put as much effort into.) I think right now I'm actually at a point where I'm producing work that I really enjoy myself. And maybe that grasp on what I like doesn't feel secure enough for me to test it against other people's judgments. I worry that others will persuade me to stop liking what I actually like.
Has this happened to anybody? Is it real? Is it a good idea for me to keep this personal success to myself, or should I test my own writing by exposing it to the world?
Note: Check out Genie of the Shell's comment too! (Added later: There are several great comments here. Check them all out!)