After yet another long hiatus from writing (fiction and blog), I’ve finally finished my MA in Public Relations and am slowly getting back into the writing groove!
It’s not easy. I definitely need to be more proactive and deliberate about blocking out writing time and setting goals. But I did manage to start warming up my creative writing muscle again by entering a short story competition. The Fortnum & Mason Chocolate Short Story competition no less! I figured something fun might provide the motivation I needed, and the prizes – hampers and chocolate – may have helped too!!
F&M give all their chocolate bars fun/strange names. You had to choose one of five, and then work with the story prompt (bit in italics at the start of the story) to write a story under 500 words. I was partly inspired having received a F&M Christmas hamper last year! I also looked at the packaging of the bar I chose, saw the pheasant on it and decided to incorporate that too.
I didn’t win, but that wasn’t a surprise. Short stories are not really my niche (either writing or reading tbh) – they have a very particular feel and style that just isn’t me. And I couldn’t have eaten most of the chocolate prize as I’m intolerant to dairy 😀
But I did have a lot of fun writing “Beneath the Amber Moon” and I hope you enjoy reading it!