In his book, ON WRITING, Stephen King talks about the important difference between "closed door writing" and "open door writing." Closed door writing is what you do at the beginning of the process when it's just you and your ideas and the page. The door is closed so no one is watching and you're free to do whatever comes to mind without having to worry about the opinion or judgment of others.
But, there comes a time when you've cut and pasted and re-worked and rearranged and you have something that resembles a beginning, middle and end and then the time has come. Books are meant to be read and, at some point, that closed door needs to open and others must be allowed to join you in your make believe world. You hope they like it. You hope they don't look around and say, "This is what you've been up to for the past three years?"
Until now my door has been closed and only a handful of chapters have been allowed out to meet the world. But, today I opened the door and gave my husband my book to read. I really hope he likes it in here.