- Getting to invent characters and stories and enjoying the process and finished result.
- Having good feedback which helps improve your work and chances of publication. Good feedback enables you to see things as a reader would and points out the things you missed. It's frighteningly easy to get too close to your work to see what needs amending.
- Being published and having more ways of achieving that - print, online, audio etc.
- Being shortlisted, or better still winning, writing competitions. These not only boost morale but look great on your writing CV. (It's also fantastic to have something to put on that CV!).
- Being able to escape to your created world when the cares of this one become too much. Okay so it's only a temporary escape from all that's grim and horrific out there but that can help. Also your created writing life could become your career if really lucky and, if not, can make an all engrossing hobby. What's not to like?
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.