- It is escapism from this world, pure and simple.
- It is entertaining to you (or should be!) and, if you can get your work out there, to others as well.
- Coming up with a good story is sheer joy as is giving the villains what for as your heros/heroines get into their stride. (I don't personally enjoy anti-hero stories though I can see the point).
- It can always be improved!
- If one market won't take your story, there are others to try.
- It is easier to get feedback now which can help enormously with 4 above.
- Self publishing is a viable option now (and there's less snobbery about it). It can be a valuable way of testing the market and I'm probably going to put my short story collection out this way.
- To write well, you have to read well. No writer writes without having an innate love of books and stories so in many ways you get two joys for the price of one - reading and writing.
- Other writers are generally friendly and encouraging and writing conferences are huge fun and help you learn a lot. You can literally feel, rightly, you are making progress.
- Coming up with work that is uniquely yours is a real pleasure and if you're lucky enough to get good feedback on it, that pleasure is doubled, tripled etc. I've been very grateful when people have liked my work. I wish I could bottle the feeling I get when that happens and uncork it again for days when I'm feeling low.
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.