I agree with King. As with any writing advice, it’ll work for some and not for others, but for me, I found out the hard way that sharing while I was writing was bad for me.
Yes it was helpful in a lot of ways. I found out things about my writing I never would have known if not for the great feedback I was getting.
But it froze me up and made my writing fingers cramp and I won’t be doing it again. In the future, I want to be through the second draft before I let other people look at it. My first draft is vomit on the page and the first slashes through the jungle, laying the foundation of the path — but it’s not a real path yet. The second round is for more vomiting, but vomiting bigger ideas onto a better laid course and ironing out the kinks of the first plot. I don’t want any feedback going forward until I’m ready to polish and find out how well my bricks hold together.
I’m barely holding onto my story and after days of stagnant writing, I realized that the reason I was having problems was because I was too worried about polishing and that I can’t polish and create a story at the same time. My brain just doesn’t work that way.
I’ve learned a lot about myself through this process and going forward, I think I’ll be able to write better first drafts as a result of all this, but in the meantime, I’m trying to save the book I’m working on.