Sometimes I write stories if the fancy strikes. Not fanfiction, but original stuff. I'm a pretty decent writer in my own opinion. But I found out quite quickly if I ask friends for opinions on stuff they know I've written, they'll either drag their feet about reading it, or they'll be incredibly critical (and of course, criticism isn't a bad thing when it comes to writing, usually). However, if I give them a few passages to read in either text message or WhatsApp form, or email them a PDF without my name on it (and have it all professional looking)...they get all enthusiastic and say "Who wrote this? It's good!" When I say "I did," they're like "Really? OMG it's good you should keep it up, it was really interesting! Blahblahblahblah." That always makes me chuckle.