- You really can't imagine another word being added to or taken out of your story.
- The characters have come to life.
- The plot races along and there are no "boring bits".
- The conclusion is not necessarily happy but appropriate to your story and anything else would be odd.
- Hopefully it's accepted for publication somewhere because an editor loves it.
- You are still proud of the story weeks, months, years later...
- It's a story you specifically mention on your writing CV because you're proud of it.
- Feedback is generally positive.
- The story works well read quietly or out loud.
- If a character really takes off in this story, you may well be able to write follow-ups.
While there is no such thing as perfection in writing, there are signs a story is as right as you can make it (at the time of writing anyway).
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.