Yesterday I took a huge step. I sent off the first part of my WIP to someone I barely know for a critique. I'm excited, nervous, scared, embarrassed, and a bit sick. *deep breath* It will be fine. This is why we do this. Get other perspectives and try to polish our stories up before sending them off again to an agent or editor, or wherever we intend to send them. (at which time I will be feeling all of the above emotions even stronger) I think that this fear of having others read your (less than perfect) work is why many wanna be writers will never be published. I have read statements from absolutely amazing authors who still have this fear, so I'm just going to bite my lip and go for it. It will never be perfect anyway.