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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 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
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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
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I wanted to let you know that I'm going to be away from Facebook and my TimeToWrite.blogs.com 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
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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
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This New York Times short of Jerry Seinfeld revealing how he wrote a particular routine is revealing: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/161670e5c13b8eb8?projector=1 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
This is from Kim Komando's USA Today technology column: "For the millennial adult, it doesn't get better than this: sitting at home, playing with your Echo, and then deciding to meet someone for a hot totty at a nearby gastropub,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Time to Write
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When you don’t have time to do a full session of writing, do you think it’s a lost cause and leave it for another day? Unfortunately, those lost days can pile up. I found that happening to me recently due... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Time to Write
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When you don’t have time to do a full session of writing, do you think it’s a lost cause and leave it for another day? Unfortunately, those lost days can pile up. I found that happening to me recently due... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Time to Write
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The excellent Writer Beware site has issued a warning about Blue Deco Publishing and provided useful information about Christian Faith Publishing. BLUE DECO PUBLISHING Blue Deco authors have complained about missing royalties, broken marketing promises, and the lack of a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Time to Write
Sometimes the log line of a movie (a one or two-line description of the story) is enough to reveal the plot's flaws. And sometimes the movie gets made anyway. Here's the log line for "Geostorm": The story follows a satellite... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Time to Write
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If your family reunion at Thanksgiving gets too challenging, take a time out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Time to Write
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In my workshop at Raindance the other day we talked about the character arc, the transformation of the protagonist that is common to many films and novels. Less familiar is what I call the audience arc. The audience arc is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Time to Write
Here's a great little Halloween greeting via skilled animator Daniel Cordero... Halloween! from daniel cordero on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Time to Write
Even a brilliant publication like the Paris Review can drop a clanger now and then. Here's a sentence from "Life After Empathy: On Philip K. Dick and Blade Runner 2019": "Like the enslaved Africans in the New World, they [replicants]... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Time to Write
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There are four stages of motivation, says Benjamin Hardy in an article on Medium. That may be an oversimplification, but a useful one when creating characters for your screenplay or novel--as well as for a bit of navel-gazing. Here's how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Time to Write
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You pick up a book or check the "look inside" feature on Amazon, and read the first page. Do you want to continue reading? Enough to buy the book? On the Writer Unboxed site, there's a feature called "Flog a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Time to Write
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What do the first and last lines of a movie reveal? You can check it out yourself at a new site, created by ATT Internet Services, where they connect the first and last lines with brief animations that mirror the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Time to Write