- A good story should keep you gripped to the page, the screen or the radio (depending on format of course) so you don't want to miss a thing. For me, Doctor Who is brilliant here.
- You remember a good story long after you have read it, watched it or listened to it.
- For writers, it can sometimes make you despair that you will never match that brilliance.
- Being more positive, and this is by far the better attitude to take, a good story inspires you to improve your own writing. And you do. Studying what makes a good story good can help a lot here.
- There are no boring bits. Everything is relevant and moves the story on to its conclusion.
- You come to the end of the story and feel it ended well. Part of you wishes the story continues as you were enjoying it but you know deep down the story has reached its natural end.
- You root for the characters/boo for the villains but both of those show the story luring you into its world and keeping you there for the duration!
- You are happy to recommend the story to others.
- The story can be adapted for different formats and it works just as well in those formats. To name just one example, The Lord of the Rings is a fantastic book (in every sense) and the films were wonderful, also introducing people to the story who might have been put off reading the book because it is so long.
- A good story will have some message but it won't preach it at you. You'll pick it up naturally.
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.