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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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Anybody else remember feeling this way? Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Time to Write
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If you love cartoons, in this case strip or single panel, not animated, check out theNib.com. They offer cartoons that are political, journalistic, or just plain funny. You can also sign up for a daily email infusion of cartoons. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Time to Write
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What do you think about summary books? I've noticed more and more of them popping up on Amazon lately. For instance, consider the book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy, 352 pages, £8.99 in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Time to Write
How you noticed how often clickbait headlines use the word "insane"? As in, get insane results, one insane trick to help you lose weight, etc.? Here are a few real examples: "How Pokemon Go is Driving Insane Amounts of Sales"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Time to Write
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When you're stuck for what a character in your novel or screenplay would do next, there's a simple question that can help you decide. As novelist Lili Wright ("Dancing With the Tiger") points out in an interview in The National... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Time to Write
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A mistake people make when changing their password is just changing one element or adding one character to their current password. Apparently, hackers program for that. A better option is to have your password made up of four unrelated words,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Time to Write
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Are there any new habits you'd like to form? Writing every day, making time to read every day, exercising, or keeping your home office tidy, for instance? How long would it take, and what are the best ways to do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Time to Write
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Writers and many other spend much of our days sitting down. We know we need exercise in order to stay healthy, but how much? Science Daily reports a study from the University of Cambridge that suggests the magic number is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Time to Write
There are various ways you could lose, although it's possible you won't. I suggest you have another look at the Writer Beware post about this company, including the more recent comments: http://accrispin.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/solicitation-alert-litfire-publishing.html If you go with them, please let me know how you get on. Do they try to upsell you additional services beyond the $480? For instance, they have been asking people to pay $1800 to have their book "featured" at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which usually means a few copies of your desk would be on their display table. Do they do any marketing beyond listing your book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, which anybody can do for free? Are they open about the fact that some of the company executives apparently are not using their real names? Will they confirm whether their "offices" in Atlanta actually consists of a mailbox rented from Soho Office at that address? And how are your sales figures?
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2016 on Beware of LitFire Press at Time to Write
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I've written before about the fact that it's easy to make hard decisions for our future selves...but when we arrive at that point, our present self doesn't stick to the plan. For instance, it's easy to decide right now that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Time to Write
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I finally caught up with the film, Spotlight, on a plane trip from Los Angeles to London. It won the 'best picture' Academy Award this year. Sure, the acting was good, the story was important, and it was well directed,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Time to Write
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I've been looking at a number of web series lately and have been impressed by the level of professionalism of many of them. There are series based on just about any topic or situation you can imagine, but some seem... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Time to Write
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In the 48 Hour Film Project, teams are given that amount of time to make a short film incorporating several elements that aren't revealed until just before the event starts. These include a genre, a character, a prop, and a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Time to Write
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What if you woke up one morning to find that your blog had disappeared? Do you have it backed up? Are you sure? I read about an artist to whom this happened and not only didn't he back up his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Time to Write
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A study confirms what we already know: hardly anybody actually reads those lengthy terms and conditions you have to agree to before you can download an app or join a social media or other site. Here's how MediaPost summarized the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Time to Write
The Upworthy Generator is a tool that comes up with the kinds of clickbait headlines you see online all the time. It creates a headline and an image that actually has nothing to do with the headline. It's not that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Time to Write
Nothing's wrong with working at the post office, unless it's the opposite of what you want to do. For somebody who works at the post office, the idea of life as a free-lancer with no security would be just as unwelcome. My point wasn't that people who work at the post office are not successful, but rather that the reality is that if you chase your dream but you never reach it, at some point you may have to find something more secure, even if that's not your preference.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2016 on the truth about failing at Time to Write
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A feeling of having no control over a situation has been identified as one of the main sources of stress...which is a good reason to find ways to put your character into situations in which he or she has no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Time to Write
“All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.” Stephen Spielberg To which I would add: if you think your first draft is really, really, really good...oh oh. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Time to Write
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I gave a talk to a writers' group this morning and one of the things that came up is the mindset that writers and artists often have. My graphic representation is: I call it the supplicant mindset. Because writers and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Time to Write
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Is willpower something you just have or don't have, or it is something that we have in a certain quantity that diminishes over the course of a day, as we use it? Today I read an account of a study... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Time to Write
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Sometimes a scene in a screenplay or novel just sits there, not doing what it's supposed to. It's an experience I've had more than once, and here are three things that I've found helpful. iMAGINE CUTTING THE SCENE If you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Time to Write