Your characters come to life, you can see and hear them in your head, and you just know your story is “alive”, the way good stories should be.
When you’re editing your work being able to feel your prose “tightening up”, becoming sharper and so your work improves.
Writing can be marvellous therapy in terms of getting away from whatever horrors life drags you through. Also in terms of using those same horrors to create stories. You may as well get something from it!
Meeting other writers!
Never having as much time as you’d like to get on with said writing.
When it’s a struggle to get the words out.
When your work keeps getting rejected.
Seeing someone whose work you loathe doing well on the bestseller lists! Every author, published or otherwise, feels like this from time to time so you may as well be honest and acknowledge it!
Not getting replies from agents/publishers, despite religiously putting in SAEs with the correct postage on.
Just knowing the world really doesn’t care about your work and that the only one who does is you!