Martin Stellinga Posts

February 6, 2015 / Tech

It is the age of the e-reader. Or rather, the start of the age of the e-reader. The printed book isn’t going to go away, whatever some believe, but e-readers are taking a prominent place in our world. I used to lug books everywhere. Now I just have to drag my Kindle. Unfortunately, with the rise of the e-books, comes the rise of a format war.

January 31, 2015 / Smells
Writing process

I am of the opinion that skills from one discipline can be very valuable for other disciplines. For instance, knowing the basics of psychology helps with software development. I also believe there are valuable insights from software development that apply to writing. One such insight is writing smells.

January 24, 2015 / Writing
Writing process

One of the things I like about writing is that you have to master a number of different techniques. One of those is the Action Scene.

January 19, 2015 / Reviews

I saw Sharknado 2: the Second One last week. What to say about that? Well, I liked it. You know going in it isn’t going to be the movie of the year. It actually tries to be bad. However… it’s actually kind of fun. You can learn something from that as a writer: a guy cutting a flying shark in half with a chainsaw is just fun.

January 15, 2015 / Writing
Writing process

One of the things I do to keep writing, is set goals for my weekly writing and log how far I get. Setting goals for yourself is a good way to keep focused. You should be careful what you want to achieve, though, and not set your sights too high, otherwise it might backfire.