- How long does it take you to write a story? This is the proverbial how long is a piece of string question. It really does depend on the length of the story for one thing. Also some stories need more editing and so take more time than others. Nor can you tell in advance which stories are going to be like that. A story takes as long as it takes.
- Isn't Amazon wonderful? Amazon obviously is useful as a sales outlet, another form of publicity, it is helping authors self publish (Create Space) and I've used it to find hard to trace non-fiction books, which I've used as background reading to help me flesh out how my Fairy Kingdom works in terms of its government and so on. But I never want to see the day when Amazon is the only bookseller. Ironically I don't think it would be good for Amazon either. Traditional booksellers have a vital role to play. There are some things that are just not possible to replicate on line and visiting a bookshop is one of them.
- They say there are only 7 basic plots so surely all the stories that can be written have been written? Definitely not! I have some sympathy with the 7 basic plots ideas. The book by Christopher Booker is a fantastic read but it can be forgotten I think that all writers bring their personality and worldviews etc to whatever it is they write (and this applies to fiction and non-fiction). Therefore each writer's story is unique to them. I've mentioned elsewhere I can't understand plagarism or professional rivalry. That's because one of major joys of writing is in creating something that is uniquely your creation. And what someone else writes is what they write. What I write is what I write.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.