- Keeping unsocial hours seems a really sane and rational thing to do. (I'm from the night owl writer school of thought. Love the peace and quiet late into the evening).
- You look for stories all the time and wonder about someone's motivation(s) when a news story particularly grabs you. (You sometimes feel a bit ashamed of that and have to remind yourself this isn't fiction. I've experienced that directly and have read so many author interviews which say things like this. It's a case of remembering to switch off the "look for the story" function at times).
- You are as ratty as hell if for some reason you can't write (you're ill, there's a power cut, your PC's crashed etc etc).
- You are even more ratty if told "it doesn't matter, you can always write again tomorrow".
- You see rejections as part of the business. (Funnily enough it does help. It reminds you these things are not personal and so it's easier to use them as a spur to improve what you've written. At least I've found that to be the case).
- You enjoy a story, in whatever format, and automatically re-read it looking at the way the writer structured that tale. There is never a case of "just" enjoying the story. You have to learn from it! (And that's a good thing naturally).
- You can't abide bad spelling and/or grammatical mistakes any more and find it nigh on impossible to "let them go". The itch to get out the red editing pen is too difficult to resist.
- On the plus side you have the option of becoming insufferably smug when those closest to you turn to you as THE authority on grammar and spelling.
- Your skills at Scrabble and games of that ilk improve no end because your vocabulary and spelling has improved dramatically thanks to your writing. (You can get to be insufferably smug about that too if you like!).
- You can spot the twist in a tale way ahead of anyone else close to you. (Guess what? Another opportunity to be insufferably smug!).
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.