When I asked last week what sort of material you'd all be interested in seeing more of on the blog, some expressed an interest in seeing some of my writing posted. Admittedly, it has, generally speaking, been my policy not to post things I've written on the site. There are a few reasons for this.
~I don't generally think things are fit for general consumption until they've been seriously scoped out and edited, and I don't have a lot of material in that state.
~I secretly worry what agents might think if they stumbled upon the excerpt I posted. (Yep, I'm just that whimsical, moony, and dreamy. Hush, though. That's a secret.)
~There are times when I'm insecure about my writing. So, you know, I'm a little scared of the possible effects of the internet on my weak, little story that can't quite defend itself yet. (But hush, that's also a secret.)
That all being said, there are some good reasons for people to post excerpts online.
~Getting feedback can improve one's writing. Unbiased feedback can be especially helpful.
~Posting online can build confidence, much like practice at public speaking. And, arguably, since y'all are unlikely to come upon me without my prior knowledge, you are a not-so-scary audience. (Sorry, if you were hoping to be the terrifying minions/followers/merry men. I can go back to expressing looks of meek terror if you prefer. Seriously, I think I've got that look down.)
I am taking the suggestion that I post some of my own work online under advisement, and it is receiving serious consideration.
But, now I'm curious about your views. (I warned you there might be more prying into your lives and minds. Tehehe.) Do you post your work in public? Do you enjoy it? Do you read excerpts that others post online? Do you enjoy that?