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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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IF DONALD TRUMP WERE A TRAGIC PROTAGONIST... If you were writing a drama in which you’d invented the character “Donald Trump” and all the events that are happening, how would you end his story? I can imagine two types of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Time to Write
I've seen a lot of promotion recently for courses that purport to show you how to make loads of money writing children's books and selling them on Amazon. One of them shows you have to use clip art or public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Time to Write
The five-hour rule refers to spending at least five hours a week on improving your skill, and it's something practiced by Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and other very successful people, according to an article at The article's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Time to Write
Pixar has the most consistent record of success of any current studio. Why is that? Songwriter and composer Randy Newman said this: "The Pixar people always emphasize that the characters in their films are adults and deal with adult emotions.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Time to Write
Did you know that people used to personalize their books by adding illustrations to them? Sometimes they drew or painted these or pasted in maps, engravings, letters, stamps, autographs or photographs. Just like now, somebody figured out how to monetize... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at Time to Write
Some vanity publishers offer to put your book on display at book fairs, like the London Book Fair, the LA Times Festival of Books, and the Miami Book Fair. Surely the people who organize those events check into the bonafides... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Time to Write
SO--WHAT? What's the origin of the practice of starting a sentence with the word "so," even when that sentence is not following on from anything? It's not totally new (there are examples in Chaucer and Shakespeare) but it has become... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Time to Write
When pitching a movie or a TV series, writers sometimes characterize their project as "X" meets "Y"--as in, "Romeo and Juliet" meets "Lord of the Flies." There's a new approach to books that might be described as "TV writing" meets... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Time to Write
How has an author recently raised over $1 million to fund the publishing of a book that tells the stories of 100 inspiring real-life women? The answer is Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site. Better known for raising money for tech gadgets,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Time to Write
I'm always interested in reading about how to beat procrastination. It's a great way to procrastinate but sometimes it also yields some helpful tips. At, life coach Kim Morgan suggests asking ourselves these questions about the things we are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Time to Write
This short film from The Atlantic magazine animates some of film director David Lynch's thoughts on creativity (recorded in 2008): Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Time to Write
Does your inner critic create fear that keeps you from doing things that could bring something worthwhile into the world? (Inner critic: "Ha! You?! Who do you think you are!?") Entering the Zone of Nothing can free you from this,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Time to Write
Take a look at some of the amazing art at this year's Burning Man festival...even more impressive when you realize it's all created to exist for one week only. When the festival is over, the desert landscape is returned to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Time to Write
Anybody else remember feeling this way? Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Time to Write
If you love cartoons, in this case strip or single panel, not animated, check out 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
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
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
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
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
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: 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?
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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
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