July 2023 Newsletter

July 2023 Newsletter

Hi Phew! June has been a scorcher here in Dorset. The (very) occasional shower or downpour means the garden and allotment both require regular watering by hand. It’s a slow job, but satisfying – a bit like writing I guess. It’s a useful metaphor for this year’s writing competition too. It’s been a slow build-up,…

Meeting Sally Curtis

Meeting Sally Curtis

I’d forgotten how much fun it is to see how creative writers are when it comes to answering the questions I send them for these interviews. I’m looking forward to doing many, many more. This month Sally Curtis who is reading the Flash Fiction category this year shared some of her personal thoughts and inspiration…

Feeling inspired?

Feeling inspired?

Genius = 1% inspiration + 99%perspiration That seems a reasonable division. One small seed of inspiration plus a lot of toil and sweat to expand and develop that seed, hone it into a satisfying piece of writing. But how to find that seed which can grow, the spark which keeps the pen moving, the fingers…

June 2023 Newsletter

June 2023 Newsletter

Hi May has been a slow month for the Hysteria Writing Competition, perhaps it’s been the weather – cold in places where it should be warm, hot in places it should be cool, and even hotter in places that are often hot. And that got me thinking about how the weather might affect us when…

Magic

Magic

What is the first thing that springs to mind when we hear the word? For me it is a conjuror – card tricks, disappearing members of the audience, assistants sawn in half. All rather banal because we know that these are tricks. They can all be demonstrated by anyone in the know. Magicians speak of…

May 2023 Newsletter

May 2023 Newsletter

Hi Wow, what a month it’s been so far. Hysteria is now off and running and the first entries are already in and with the reading teams. I’ve had a few questions about the competition over the last few weeks and thought it might be worth using the newsletter to answer some of the most…