- Writing can take you down all kinds of avenues. I never expected to write non-fiction but do so for Chandler's Ford Today and on posts like this one. I love writing non-fiction too. So keep an open mind and have fun exploring those different avenues.
- In researching posts, background to your stories etc, you increase your own knowledge and get to read more widely. This is always a good thing. All writers need to feed their minds to expand their imaginations and reading widely really is the best way to do it.
- You get to meet other writers, literally and online. You will always have plenty to talk about - each other's work, favourite authors, best hints you've found helpful etc.
- Having fun entering writing competitions and the joy when you are either shortlisted or win. (And even when you don't achieve either of these, you can always enter the story in another competition).
- There is always a sense of achievement in creating something that is uniquely yours.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.