Seldom for my column or a shorter piece, but always for something longer and more involved.
I post my short stories on the internet, but share the rough drafts of my novels only with close friends or family.
Every so often my husband will read a draft of mine. I think it's asking a lot to flop down a rough ms. on someone and ask them to pick their way through that kind of briar patch. When I was much younger, I was in a number of writers' workshops and these were very helpful. It's taken me a long time to hear criticism and absorb it so it nourishes rather than poisons.
I share my rough drafts with an internet acquaintance I made four years ago. I know this person will not be afraid to point out my mistakes, for this is the only way to truly learn.
Not anymore. Things change too much between the beginning process and me putting my stamp of approval on the finished product. I usually just like writing until I think it's done, then I send it to a few trusted individuals. I usually ask them for feedback and to point out any grammar or typo issues.
Not really. Since they are in pieces that no-one else could understand. I only write the key events to the story and I begin to write in my head at first.
Not at all. I do it all myself
My beta readers are probably the greatest people in my life. I share my rough drafts with them from day one, get their input as I'm writing, and then listen to what they have to say as I'm adjusting the story. I trust them absolutely.
If it is someone I trust, I will share with them, but I have only done that a few times. Usually it is the second draft.
On every serious project, yes.
Sharing rough drafts is something I do on a regular basis, although, again, that comes back to writing by committee. On one of my books I had such a rough time with the end that I spent a weekend with a friend just talking it out, and that helped shape how I wanted to tell future stories in the series. One member of a critique group I belong to pointed out a missing element early on in another story, which I probably wouldn't have seen until the whole thing was an unsaleable disaster.
Yes. I share my thoughts with my "muse"... and Jesus, of course.
I always share my roughdrafts. I do this with my writing critique groups. I also continue to share with family and friends.
Yes. I know an editor who is a walking scalpel. It's not uncommon for James to carve a 500 word paragraph down to seven. Yes, it can be traumatic.