For years I did not share my writing with anyone. At all. I am not sure anyone knew I was a writer. I am naturally quite private and I wanted to get better without having any outside pressure. (There’s nothing worse than having people ask what you are working on when you are still working on the same thing you were doing the last time they asked.)
Now I am published, so my work is shared wherever there is internet access. However, it’s only shared when I am ready for it to be shared.
Before the public sharing there are other sources of feedback while I am still writing. My husband is one of my first readers and he often sees first drafts. He’s very good at giving insightful feedback. Gently. I also have a writing partner who reads pretty much everything. She is supportive but nicely critical. If I just want praise, I let my sister read my writing.
Do you have different people who read your work while you are still editing and improving? Does anyone read your first drafts? Who are they and why do you choose them?