- Coming up with characters who spring to life and develop in front of your "eyes".
- Coming up with world(s) that fascinate you.
- Coming up with villain(s) that fascinate you!
- Coming up with hero(ines) that also fascinate but show why they are the good guys. They've got to have a good cause, literally.
- Being able to write short length stories from flash to standard length (up to 2000 words) to novels to plays... the only limit is your imagination.
- You can explore ideas.
- You can discover ideas from the characters you develop, not just in terms of new story ideas, but you get to learn how your "people" think and why. Could it change how you feel about issues? Can be fun finding out!
- Receiving feedback which helps you improve your work (this is not necessarily complimentary, though nice responses are obviously nice, but so you can see how well you "got through" to your reader).
- Winning or being shortlisted for competitions is a huge morale boost.
- Getting to talk about your work at writing festivals and enjoying hearing about others' work. I love both aspects here. I think it's like a kind of celebration of the work of the imagination.
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.