- The characters aren't engaging enough. They don't necessarily have to be likeable but there should be something about the character that grabs my interest.
- The story isn't strong enough. Almost certainly a sign the writer hasn't thought the story through enough and so hasn't spotted the weaknesses in it.
- The story tails off, rather than ends "properly". Again a sign of not having thought things through. These days I outline most things before I begin writing and that helps overcome this as I get to see where the weak points of the plot are and I can then work out how to fix them. I do know I want an "oomph" to be the ending of any story I write, a kind of feeling that the story couldn't end any other way.
This applies to my reading of stories but also to writing my own. Certain factors emerge when I've come across and/or written a story that doesn't seem to be working for me.
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.