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Jurgen Wolff
London most of the time, Southern California some of the time
Interests: Books, theatre, films, drawing and painting, cartooning, animation, conversation, travel, photography, fitness, marketing, graphic design.
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What makes a character (or a real person) interesting? An article on reveals, "For filmmakers Elizabeth Delaune Warren and Danya Abt, quirk is key. The eccentricities and complexities that drive people also drive their documentary filmmaking. 'You take someone... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Time to Write
This is one of my favorite misspellings recently: "While this quaint little monster movie doesn't quite manage to eek its potential out for its whole duration..." What the reviewer meant was eke (although he may have said eek! during the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Time to Write
Despite being aware of many productivity techniques, I still struggle sometimes with procrastination. Here's a little technique I've found helpful when I've been avoiding a simple task for some reason: Schedule procrastination by scheduling the task. Rather than saying, "I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Time to Write
Especially when you're just getting started, learning how to be a good writer seems overwhelming. Even when you're experienced, if you're honest with yourself you know there's always room for improvement (I certainly do.). But how to go about addressing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Time to Write
"Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make more art." --Andy Warhol Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Time to Write
Top agent Jonny Geller, who represents John le Carre, among others, offers this writing tip on the Curtis Brown site: "Every character you write is living a moment in time and it must be true and real in the moment.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Time to Write
Image reported on a movie made by Artificial Intelligence (one called Benjamin). Here's an example of how Benjamin responded to the question, "What's next for you?": “The staff is divided by the train of the burning machine building with sweat.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Time to Write
In The Weekly Standard, John Podhertz gets it right about why the makers of Solo got Han Solo so wrong: "There’s no bad boy to Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han; he’s a boy scout who is determined to save the love... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Time to Write
Once in a while I read about a successful writer who cheerfully declares, "I never know what's going to happen next, I just start writing and let the characters lead me." Please, can you send some of those characters my... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Time to Write
Friends of mine are running an online charity auction for the Scouts and I've just donated a one-hour consultation. Here's a description: Get a One Hour Consultation with Jurgen Wolff, author of 9 books including "Creativity Now" and "Your Writing... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Time to Write
Steven Spielberg has said that what gave him the courage to trust his creativity was a statement from his mentor Sid Sheinberg, at the time the head of Universal Studios. He told the 20-year-old Spielberg, "I will support you as... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Time to Write
"Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer." Barbara Kingfisher Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Time to Write
Two UK researchers have reported that taking a photo each day and posting it online improves wellbeing in the form of "self-care, community interaction, and the potential for reminiscence." Basically, looking for something different or interesting to photograph and post... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Time to Write
How do you construct a storyline that does justice to all the characters in a large ensemble? An extreme version of that problem confronted the writers of Avengers: Infinity War. One of the writers, Christopher Markus, described their solution in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Time to Write
I'm generally somewhat skeptical of screenplay contests, especially those that have high entry fees. But Screencraft's first Public Domain Screenplay contest might just be worth a shot--if you've written an original film or TV script based on pre-existing stories in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Time to Write
I just wanted to let you know that I made it past the open heart surgery on March 8 and one complication (atrial flutter) and got home yesterday, March 29. Full recovery will take a while, but it's great to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Time to Write
Almost every successful film or TV series gets sued by somebody who claims they had the idea first and it was stolen. Most of these cases are without merit, but one that's just been filed may be the real thing.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Time to Write
I wanted to let you know that I'm going to be away from Facebook and my site for a while, as I'm going to have open-heart surgery on March 8. It turns out that I have a misbehaving mitral... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Time to Write
Author and TV producer Lee Goldberg has a post on his blog about James Strauss, a "convicted con artist and fake TV writer." Goldberg has received many emails with horror stories from people saying they've been conned or harassed by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Time to Write
This New York Times short of Jerry Seinfeld revealing how he wrote a particular routine is revealing: If you thought just because it sounds effortless, it is... well, you'll see! You might also enjoy this compilation of Jerry talking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Time to Write
Here's a line from an article by Christopher Hooton in The Independent, about a trailer for the new "Solo: A Star Wars Story" film: "Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson's characters are seen briefly, along with a younger Lando Calrissian in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Time to Write
The idea that you need to do something different in order to stand out in today's crowded marketplace is obvious, but how do you do it? Business Insider found some great examples of London bars that have embraced this notion:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Time to Write
The number one thing I learned when I studied with improv group The Groundlings and also with Keith Johnstone when he visited the UK is: "YES, and..." It has applications far beyond the improv stage, so let me give you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Time to Write
When you're writing, it's easy to come up with dramatic similes, metaphors, and descriptions that go a step too far. Here are a few actual examples from published books, thanks to a column David Langford wrote a while back for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Time to Write
Three tips via Medical News Today for staying sharp, remembering stuff, and avoiding stress and depression: TAKE A WALK! Recent research led by the University of California, Los Angeles shows that taking a short walk each day can help to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Time to Write