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I've been entering the weekly ad hoc flash fiction comp. Free. 150 words, with a prompt word. Good fun so far.
  • Are you a ...?
    Writer published in mags, etc
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Literary fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Fiction for children
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Carys Bray, Helen Dunmore, William Trevor, Rose Tremain, David Almond, Elizabeth Berg, Susan Hill, Michael Morpurgo,
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Book Thief, Curious Incident, Room, Once, A Song for Issy Bradley, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (!), Paper Dolls (Julia Donaldson)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To have a full length novel published by someone other than myself. And then another one, and then another...
    Your worst habit?
    Buying things in charity shops!
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    At home, at a desk in a spare bedroom, looking out over the garden
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    Once fell out of a moving car; once read at the Hay Festival; have 10 descendants (so far)



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    "Hil" commented on katie 's Blog "Today...".
    Well done, Katie!
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    Hil I've been entering the weekly ad hoc flash fiction comp. Free. 150 words, with a prompt word. Good fun so far.
    11 days ago
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    "Hil" commented on katie 's Blog "Worthless ".
    Dear Katie, I've been reading this without replying yet, but I just want to say it's not self indulgent. If this is the place where you can 'get it out', as you say, then keep going. If we can support you, we will. And do keep writing other stuff ...
    11 days ago
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    "Squidge" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    When it's really obvious who the baddie/long lost son/princess in hiding is...but the author continues the story for chapters and chapters until the big reveal. It's the author's equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and going la-la-la-la ...
    26 days ago
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    "Aonghus Fallon" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    Not strictly a literary device, but books about some middle-aged bloke who ends up having an affair with a much younger woman make me cringe inwardly. Even if I'm just reading the blurb. I know, I know - I might as well be defining most modern ...
    26 days ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    Needless and biologically gratuitous sex scenes. Not FSOG - that was the whole book. Just when a mediocre weakly plotted book explodes into some ridiculous shagging that could hospitalise many normal people for no good reason.
    26 days ago
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    "Lizzielion" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    Long,detailed descriptions of clothes in order to set the era. I really don't care what he or she is wearing unless it's a vital part of the plot.
    26 days ago
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    "stephenterry" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    @ philippa - as well as crime movies and tv series. Seems like the general public like to side with the one who can resolve the case by any dubious means available. And on a similar theme it applies to Western movies as well. Good but flawed guys ...
    26 days ago
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    "stephenterry" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    Bad writing from best-selling authors. Grammar and spelling mistakes littering the books. Why the hell don't publishers encourage and supervise quality as well as making money and pandering to the authors? Stupid question, I guess - as the readers ...
    26 days ago
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    "Athelstone" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat both repeatedly use 'nobody dies today' and 'not on my watch' as well as variations on these which support the generally over-inflated, purple-prose-drama, of their Dr. Who scripts. I find this incredibly irritating. A ...
    27 days ago
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    "Scheherazade" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    oh dear, Woolly, my character does a lot of mirror gazing! not really a literary device - but a glaring glitch in a well reviewed book I read recently. Two characters - who move in very different circles, and who don't know each other - yet use the ...
    27 days ago
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    "Yo" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    I would just like to say that all the above cringe-worthy literary devices applied to my WIP and after a bit of slashfest editing I am now left with just two words: Oh bugger.
    28 days ago
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    "Woolleybeans" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    I'm sure genres and, to an extent, fiction in general, has it's tropes. Like RichardB says, though, when you can see the joins and hear them creaking, it draws attention, so it had better either be a deliberately ironic choice or else it's heading ...
    28 days ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    Chandler, when stuck, would always have a man with a gun enter stage left.
    28 days ago


I've been writing on and off for years, and have recently had a few short stories published and won/been shortlisted for a few prizes. I teach part-time in a small local primary school. My five children are now all grown up and I have five grandchildren. I'm writing a novel.

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  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 month ago
    Thanks, Hil. Not a bad day at all, thanks! x
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 month ago
    How horribly unsettling, your comp entry, Hil (and that's meant as a compliment).
  • Hel
    by Hel 1 month ago
    Very powerful comp entry. Gory, and with that horrific twist when Laura realises it’s her who hurt the rabbit. A very dark place to get into, and painful to write, I imagine. But subtly done.
  • J.net
    by J.net 1 month ago
    Wonderful comp entry, Hil. You nailed the task and stayed right inside her head. Loved it.
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    by Kate 2 months ago
  • Pinkbelt75
    by Pinkbelt75 2 months ago
    I'm so curious about your comp entry. It was a great piece and very visual. What was with the coloured blocks? Is it a real painting and you're giving an insight into the artists mindset when he painted it? Really had me thinking.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 3 months ago
    Intriguing competition entry Hil, lovely language and great twist on the theme
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 3 months ago
    Enjoyed reading your comp entry, Hil. A beautiful but unsettling look into the mind - so visual.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 3 months ago
    thanks Hil (autobiog)
  • FredaPeople
    by FredaPeople 3 months ago
    Alright thanks (following up your comment of a month ago, Hil). Don't know where I am really with writing, any more but nice to see you guys are still keeping on. x