Martin Stellinga Posts

July 31, 2015 / Reviews


It’s been a while since I did reviews, and I’ve already spammed too much writing advice. So, some reviews of what I’ve read, seen, and played.

July 24, 2015 / Writing


Using the right tools is essential to any profession. Writing doesn’t require much in that area, you can use a stick to write on an empty stretch of beach if you like. However, there’s not enough beach around to write that epic Fantasy novel, so you’ll probably want to use more convenient writing tools. Let’s have a look at what is out there.

July 17, 2015 / Smells


Did you know that Sauron in the Lord of the Rings is actually only a lieutenant of the dark god Morgoth? No? The Lord of the Rings could have started with an explanation of this and of the history of all the races of Middle Earth. It didn’t, because Tolkien constrained himself. His writing didn’t smell of info dumps, even though he had a lot of world to build and info to dump. He started with a short segment on Hobbits instead.

Let’s have a look at what ‘info dumps’ are and how to avoid them.

July 10, 2015 / Writing


To set up a good story, you want all the elements of your story to work together to form a coherent whole. All the different plot twists and character arcs should line up to form a shape. I say, the best shape for that structure is the octahedron, and I’ll explain why.

July 3, 2015 / Writing


As you can see from the ‘about’ section, I’m an aspiring author. There are a lot of us, all looking to get our masterpieces published. Unfortunately, when you look at what people produce, you find a lot of those masterpieces suck. I’m not going to say my own masterpiece is better, but there are some rookie writing mistakes I’ve made in the past that I don’t make (as often) any more, and I thought it’d be a good idea to share those.

So, as the clickbaitified title implies: a list of five mistakes new writers tend to make.