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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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I'm always interested in studies that can help sedentary types like most of us writers remain in good health, and this time there are two encouraging results, one about exercise, one about chocolate. THE REJECTION WORKOUT One study found that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Time to Write
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I've always liked movies and novels about conspiracies, but I didn't know how realistic they were. Pretty much, it turns out. THE ENERGY CONSPIRACY "Pressure on Exxon Mobil and the energy industry increased on Wednesday with the release of a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Time to Write
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However, that doesn't mean it's going to feel good when it happens. Having been wrong only turns into something noble when you eventually are right (the old Edison quote about his lightbulb experiments applies here). Until then, it's no fun... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Time to Write
It's always a good idea to block out time on your calendar for appointments with yourself to be sure that you are working on the things that are important to you, not just the ones that are urgent. Now there’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Time to Write
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What sounds help you focus? Finding a quiet place to work is harder these days, and one alternative is to generate sounds you find less distracting than the ambient ones. For that purpose, a site I've discovered recently, Noisli.com, is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Time to Write
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And the best way to have a lot of ideas is to give your inner critic time off when you are generating ideas. Come up with as many as possible, write the all down (yes, even the bad ones), and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Time to Write
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The nature of depression It’s Depression Week, not a week for everybody to get depressed but rather to make people more aware of the illness. I have personal experience with it, so I thought I’d share my thoughts. It’s not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Time to Write
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The argument for free As a comment on one of my older posts, a reader asked which would you rather have: a handful of book sales of your self-published book on Amazon, or thousands of readers gained by giving the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Time to Write
Can exercise boost your brain power? We keep hearing that exercise is good for your brain as well as the rest of your body, but what kind of exercise is best? A study in Finland looked at three types of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Time to Write
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What’s the solution to the fear of failure? We know that successful people are not immune to fearing failure, so how do they still manage to succeed? This is my third and last post that steals, er, curates, the ideas... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Time to Write
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Two Types of Self-doubt In a TED talk, organizational psychologist Adam Grant mentions that there are two types of doubt. One is positive, one is negative. Self-doubt tends to be paralyzing. If you continually question whether you are up to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Time to Write
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Can procrastination be a virtue for creativity? Apparently it can, in moderation. In a TED talk, organizational psychologist Adam Grant says a study showed that people who rush into doing things and people who wait until the last minute both... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Time to Write
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First. I'm not making this up. On the "Friday Fun" section of their web site, The National Rifle Association has featured its own version of two classic fairy tales. In their take on Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma is packing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Time to Write
What should you write about in your novel? In a Daily Mail article about a new contest for first-time writers, best-selling author Lisa Jewell shared this advice: "Don’t write for the publishers and don’t try to second guess the market;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Time to Write
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The "Contributors" page of Success Magazine website. A bit harsh on poor Laura... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Time to Write
This is one of those, "Is it just me?" quandaries, where you wonder whether what you're experiencing is universal, or personal and probably you'll just embarrass yourself by mentioning it. I'm talking about how disappointing my Future Self often turns... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Time to Write
The key to success as a novelist In a Daily Mail article about a new contest for first-time novelists, best-selling author James Patterson shared this advice: "Obviously, and I know this from experience, perseverance is the key to making it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Time to Write
Are we heading for an era in which moments are becoming as important as stories? This question was prompted by an article in the current Fast Company about Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti. I'm not a fan of Buzzfeed's clickbait headlines,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Time to Write
How to attract a publisher for your novel In a Daily Mail article about a new contest for first-time novelists, Selina Walker, Publisher of Century and Arrow at Penguin Random House UK, shared this advice: "It should be a story... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Time to Write
How to attract a literary agent In an article about a new contest for first-time novelists, agent Luigi Bonomi shared this advice: BEGIN THE FIRST PAGE WITH A GREAT SENTENCE that pulls the reader in. Your first important reader is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Time to Write
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What can writers learn about success from a band? The band X Ambassadors has some lessons for writers about how to get ahead. USA Today quotes band member Sam Harris as attributing their progress to "perseverance (playing any and all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Time to Write
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What's a good source of writing motivation? We tend to think that the desire to communicate, to see people enjoying our words, and maybe a modicum of recognition as the motivators for writing, but sometimes getting mad works, too. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Time to Write
What makes a screenplay stand out? If you're writing a spec screenplay, what makes it stand out? Following the formula of the hero's journey or the three-act structure, using a software program to make sure your formatting is correct, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Time to Write