My agent, my editor but mostly and mainly Celia.
I didn't used to. But now I always utilize friends who are fellow writers. It's absolutely amazing how much they can enhance my stories. Their feedback and assistance is invaluable, as is the help from my editors.
Not usually. I have no one around me who is a writer, or who really has much of an interest in my work. Most of what I'm currently writing is children's poetry and haiku. No one I know personally really understands haiku, though they do get a kick out of some of my humorous children's poetry.
Any writer that edits himself better be that good. We all need someone outside the circle to read what we have done. We don't need someone we can trust, they can be blowing smoke up out rear ends for all we know. Strangers that read are a good critic for a writer.
I like to share my roughs with other strong writers who are confident and considerate enough to give and take useful criticism.
The rule always is simple: Take What You Need & Discard the Rest.
Most people (especially writers and performers) can not take, nor do they appreciate real criticism of their work. Oh, many request it; beg you for it, but they do not REALLY want it.
I encourage people whose opinion, craft and intelligence I respect to give me true, hard, solid criticism. I actually advise them to "rip me apart!" I request this of those who will critique my writing or any performance of mine.
I know that sounds strange to most folks, but I think receiving valid, strong criticism is an extremely powerful way for a serious writer to strive for perfection of the craft. Good criticism allows one to learn and to make important changes and to see her or his work from another perspective. The ability to receive and give strong and valid criticism can make a good writer capable of achieving Greatness.
If the criticism comes from someone, preferably another writer that you respect it should be of great value in sharpening the pen and improving upon a work.
I edit and proofread professionally.
Absolutely. I share them with my parents, my son, and I am a member of a critique group. I have also had my local bookstore owner read for me and give me her opinion. I haven't yet approached the local librarian, but I'm thinking about it. She would know, right?
Yes. My writing buddy, Nancy.
I do. At some point in the process, we all need an outside view of our work. There's a point in the writing, where you see stuff that just isn't there. You know the story, so it is easy to forget it's all new to the reader.
I don't belong to a formal critique group, however. It's not a venue that works for me. I have a couple of friends that I trust to give me honest feedback.
Nope. I keep my rough drafts close by my side until it's time for the agent.
Yes, it has been known.
Yes, many times. I think it is part of the proces for my style. It also depends on if I am writing a column, news story, kids book or food related book.
My experience is that the writing of poetry is so personal that letting others mess with the wording or sentence structure only destroy the core of the work.