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For me the setting of any book if it’s pivotal to the story becomes a character in the story.  The reader has to be able to see the setting in the same way they vision […]
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I guess even if you don’t live in the UK you’ll be aware we’re going through something of an upheaval called Brexit.  Now, before I go any further I emphasise in this post I am […]
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At this time, in early January, I’m looking forward to what the new year might bring.  However, it’s always good to look back at the year just gone and see what nuggets of wisdom it […]
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There's no doubt having a clear plan for your novel can help. However, do you have to have everything down in detail before you start writing?
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I’ve read science fiction from an early age and always been enthralled by its possibilities.  Even if man can’t visit the stars in person just yet (someday I’m sure we will) we can go there […]

The post The appeal of magic in writing appeared first on Ian Martyn.

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I’ve been writing now for about nine years.  I must enjoy it because, if I considered it work making the minimum wage is still an aspiration.  But it’s not about the money is it?  Not […]

The post Writers – do we worry too much about the writing? appeared first on Ian Martyn.

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I’ve been doing  a lot of revision recently.  On top of finalising the second and third books for Inspector Kirby I am also revisiting my first book, for which I’ve had books two and three […]

The post That very last (honest, I mean it) revision – what I look for appeared first on Ian Martyn.

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I write this now because I’m struggling.  I’ve finished revising books two and three of my Inspector Kirby series and I’m searching for ideas for book four.  I’ve got two other books to revise, however, […]

The post Ideas – where does that next great book come from? appeared first on Ian Martyn.

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Like most indie-authors I’m looking for the “secret of sales”.  How do I get the word out, how do I attract those followers I need.  And yes I know it’s not all about selling, at […]

The post Indie authors – is writing that series the key? appeared first on Ian Martyn.

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I was asked what influenced me as writer recently.  At first I thought it was an easy thing to answer.  I’ve said before that Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End is what got me hooked on […]

The post Who and what has influenced me as a writer? appeared first on Ian Martyn.

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