Uh, no. I can't let anyone read it until the entire story is written.
I'd say most of the time I do, though rarely the very first draft. Sometimes I prefer to bring a tale to a more completed form before asking for outside critiques. But, apprehensive as I may be, I always take that step. Again, it's crucial.
Yes, but its less out of the need to get opinions and more out of the need to have my material read.
Very rarely. There are so few people around me whose opinions I trust. I have shared some pieces with known and successful writer-friends, and I have benefitted from their comments. Maybe I should do more of that, but not every good writer wants to spend time and energy on other people's issue.
Always and I can't imagine not doing that. And I am very thankful for the many changes that I have made in my writin as a result of the opinions I have been given. A good editor is a good resource; a great editor is a godsent.
I might be the only writer that doesn't do that. I usually get flak for to it too, but that's just the way that I roll.
What I personally prefer to do is write the draft, leave it be for three days to a week. Then I return and record myself reading the draft out loud. That's normally how I catch things like grammar mistakes and sentence structures.
My family, other writers and close friends.
I sometimes post absolutely raw junk on my blog. Not for opinion as much as to see it with renewed perspective. The greatest gift a person can give an author is exactly that: new perspective.
One of my best friends is also a writer and we often share our works with each other. It helps us edit them- things I may have totally overlooked she'll catch. We can also share some great ideas with each other. It's nice to have a friend I can trust with my ideas, and her help has really gotten my stories a lot farther than they would've originally.
Yes, I have done it both in a classroom setting and am currently participating in a Writer's group at the local library. I believe in feedback.
I formed a writers' group two years ago, and it has been one of the best things I've done in terms of creative and collegial support. There are six in the core group, with two other members joining us on an occasional basis because they live further away. We provide each other with feedback on our work, which can be anything in any stage of construction. Our members write biography, young adult fiction, comedy, short stories, poetry, novels, memoir, crime fiction. We talk about books we've read, and things happening in publishing. We go to events together. We drink and eat!
I think the face to face group works better than an online one because it's clearer what everyone is talking about when they're criticising someone's work. You get the body language and the tone of voice that helps in communication.
Yes, I only share it when I have confidence in my work though.