Not now Jack — I’m writing a novel

By Carmel Bird


Carmel Bird sheds light on the very bones and blood vessels of how fiction is written.

Not Now Jack – I’m Writing a Novel gives the reader, and those who yearn to write, rare insight into the imagination and life of a writer, into the way a story develops – from the germ of the idea to the finished work. Along the way Carmel Bird, one of Australia’s foremost writers and teachers of fiction, reveals with freshness and generosity the answers to such age old dilemmas as –

  • Does every piece of fiction have to have a sex scene?
  • How do you write dialogue?
  • What about writing crime and romance?
  • Where do ideas come from?

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