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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Be A Bestseller Novel Competition 2014 #beabestseller


 
 
 
I've found a subject to briefly talk about, (being as I've written nothing on the blog in ages.)
 
ITV's This Morning and Curtis Brown Literary Agents are running a Competition for novel writers, called Be A Bestseller.
 
The competition only runs for a mere 10 days!
 
I was keen to enter until I spotted the fact that the finalists have to go on TV.
 
 
 
Now it's not that I expect to be a finalist, obviously, but when you're not the sort of person who would voluntarily step into the limelight, these horrific eventualities must be considered.
 
My first thought was therefore: There is no way on earth that I'm entering this competition.
 
But I continued reading about it anyway...
 
I noticed that it was free to enter. That I could win a place on a Creative Writing Course. I could end up being represented by Curtis Brown (with whom I have had communications before)...
 
Ultimately I could end up with my book being published.
 
I already have a shapely 3000 words of ABNORMAL edited, plus a synopsis that just needs trimming. Is it ridiculous to be too scared to enter?
 
I wonder how many other writers won't enter for the very same reasons.
 
A lot, methinks.
 
 
          CB READERS ALREADY DEVOURING COMPETITION ENTRIES, COURTESY OF @CBCREATIVE

 
 
So I HAVE to enter, don't I?
 


 

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Mission Accomplished



So, the book is written. Mission, accomplished.

And I’ve had a little rest.

Abnormal was fun to write. I hope you’ve enjoyed following it.  From the brilliant comments I’ve had, throughout its creation, it would appear you have; so that’s all good.

I’ll keep you posted on Abnormal’s development from here on. Its successes or failures, highs or lows. Hopefully its publication, ultimately :)

I may come here for a whinge, or to share some cats.

So keep an eye on my Updates page.

I’m removing the book from the blog as of now, but I'll leave a Sample behind for anyone coming in late.


Thanks again for all your invaluable support and interest in my overwhelmingly ridiculous project.

 

Sara Jane Sheikh J









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Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Final Chapter!



It’s done, it’s over, kaput, finis
*Collapses with relief*
Balooga has written the final instalment for me
 
 
We’re pleased with the way it’s turned out, overall
And I’m stunned that this is two years on
I don’t know what I expected because it usually takes this long to write a novel
But If I’d stopped to consider this, before I started, I might have painted a picture online instead
ABNORMAL isn't perfect, I've been editing this instalment up to the last minute and still could tinker on...
But, enough is enough
 
It’s over, it's done, finis, kaput
 
I would love you to comment at this point
I can’t express how much it helps
I’m no expert at this game and anything you say will assist me
Foot note: Please read it whilst you can. I intend to remove the whole story within a fortnight :)
 
NB! This book is copyright protected








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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The penultimate chapter!!




Sorry for another slightly late instalment... but, yey, we're
nearly finished!
So excited and so relieved :)
I have no words left now so - as usual - I'm handing over to the
 cats...
 
 
 
 
 
PLEASE let me know what you think of the book?
 
xxx










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Friday, 23 May 2014

BLIMEY IT'S INSTALMENT 39!!!!

 
 
If Ii put an image with my post then I can stick it on Pinterest too!

 

So here is Balooga-Baloo, with nothing much to say.
 
 
 
And here is the latest instalment!

 

Thanks for reading

 

Comments?

 

xx




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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

For the love of cats!


 
 
I try to placate you with CATS because my instalment is late.
 
Am very sorry, but these are very pretty cats, aren’t they?
 
 
 
 
Instalment coming soon.
 
xx
 
 
 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

COMPETITION FOR ABNORMAL!?!?








Hi guys!

If anyone has a moment to check out and share this link I would be extremely grateful. A lovely friend of mine is running a competition to try and raise awareness of, and ask folks to comment on, ABNORMAL. The details are on her gorgeous blog, Krishenka Vintage Treasures. Check out her beautiful wares, enter the competition, share the link if you possibly can, and please comment on my blog. Sorry if I sound demanding!

Abnormal will be over soon, and gone in a puff of smoke.

Thanks.
You are all so BEAUTIFUL.

Sara


 
 
 
x
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Abnormal is Hurtling Towards Its Climax!

 
Hi there!
 
After this instalment there are only THREE MORE TO GO! 
 
I must apologise for any tiny (hopefully unnoticeable at this point) plot discrepances. These may occur round about now as I'm tweaking things a little & don't have time to read back over what's gone before. I'm working from memory and a bursting spreadsheet!
 
Apologies for the late instalment too. It's getting tense up here in the cockpit, plus the instalments are getting longer.
 
Hope you're still enjoying ABNORMAL!
 
Please support this project by letting me know what you think. It only takes a minute.
 
I want, more than ever, to see this book published, and your support can only help me in this endeavour.
 
All the best,
 
Sara
 
:)






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Thursday, 17 April 2014

How to write an online novel in under two years!

 
 
 
So sorry for the delay...
 
Warning! Only five more instalments to go. So much for my 'Spring' finish!
 
 
I'd like to thank you guys, and I'd like to think you are enjoying this book but I do also acknowledge that it's an abnormal way to read a novel.
 
But please stay with me till the end.
 
This chapter was a long slog. Some flow well and others are a struggle.
 
Please feel free to comment at this juncture; it'll help me with ABNORMAL's development.
 
 
Is the book too clogged with description? Does it grip? Do you like the unfolding plot? Do you hate my writing? Do you wish I'd cut some fucking metaphors?
 
Whatever you might be thinking, please tell me!
 
 
 I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
 
Thanks again for your support and interest,
 
SJS
 
:)







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THEY LOVE ALL THINGS ABNORMAL


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Nottingham Writers' Conference 2014




ENGAGING WITH YOUR COMMUNITY



I went to the WEM Writers'Conference t'other day. Last Saturday, actually.

It was held at the Portland Building in the beautiful grounds of Nottingham University.

A lovely volunteer steward


And it was good! A runaway success that will therefore be annually repeated.

One of my favourite writers - Matt Haig - did a Keynote speech.  He spoke bravely and honestly about how anxiety attacks and depression have plagued his life but kind of fed his creativity too.

I have a blurry photo of him. And I'll apologise in advance for many of my pictures. Problems, like focus, composition, zooming, backs of heads, abound. The joys of trying to snap people unobtrusively :)



Here is Matt and someone's head


And another Keynote speech came from the brilliant local writer  Jon McGregor, who covered the importance of writers engaging with their community- in today's widely connected world.

Here is Jon and Matt, and more backs of heads


On offer at this conference were talks on all aspects of publishing, agenting, promoting oneself, marketing, self-publishing, engaging with the community, and writing in various mediums, etc. Lots of things. And very informative it all was too. Nice to meet other writers, chat and make connections, hear what agents really want, get an environmentally-friendly goodie bag...

Panel event - Promoting Yourself As A Writer (and sides and backs of heads for variety)


By the way, this blog-post represents a hazy snapshot of my day. A more thorough review of the entire conference can be found in many locations, I'm sure, one of which is: here!

Obviously there were a lot of keen local writers at this event, as one might expect.

Some, more well-known, include: Nicola Valentine, Cathy Bramley, James Walker (of Dawn of the Unread), David Belbin, Panya Banjoko and Poet Laureates Cathy Grindrod and Helen Mort.

Panel event with Cathy Grindrod, Ali Betteridge (Chair), Helen Mort and Panya Banjoko


Lots of members of the Nottingham Writers' Studio  (including me) were there. I met up with a lovely copywriter friend of mine at the event - Cat Roberts - who is also a Children's writer.

Me and Cat in the Atrium of the Portland Building


I think that the Nottingham Writers' Conference is (and will be) about forging connections with like-minded folks, exchanging experiences and information, supporting one another in our long and arduous writing journeys - wherever we may be heading....

Writers mingling in the sunny Atrium


A handful of highly-sought-after agent one-to-one's were also pre-awarded for the day. Here's one writer's experience of this precious offering: Writing Wrongs from David R Thompson.

And what we all ultimately want (don't we?) is confirmation that we are doing the write thing (see what I did there?) That we are treading the right path, worn and winding as it may be.

And getting help or constructive feedback, along the way, from anyone in the know, is always going to be invaluable, I think. Writers need to help one another. Right?

Because it's all about community.


Inspirational poster


What do you think?!



:)








Monday, 24 March 2014

Mogli has an announcement to make...





Who is prettier, him or me???















 

Me!

Obviously



 
 
Oh, and Sara's next instalment is up.
 
 

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ABNORMAL IS HER FAVOURITE BOOK

Sunday, 9 March 2014





Hi there!
 
If you're reading this book please do comment.
 
I'm especially keen to know what people think of the recent developments?
 
Honesty is encouraged. Criticism welcome...
 
Hope you had a good weekend! 
 
Sara





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ABNORMAL WANTS TO FLY

Thursday, 20 February 2014



When the going gets tough and you're starting to lose the plot...







Try to keep your head, at least...
 
 
(and your tail) 




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ABNORMAL NEEDS BIGGER BETTER WINGS!!!