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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 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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago at Time to Write
Here's a quote from an article in the Toronto Globe and Mail: "People who take long-acting opioids for chronic pain are much more likely to die than those taking other medications, according to a study published ..." And here I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Time to Write
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Normally brainstorming is all about generating ideas as fast as you can, not judging them as they come up (write them all down), and later assessing which ones are worth pursuing. A different approach is catching on, according to an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Time to Write
Let's look at a few word mix-ups to avoid. First, here's part of the text for an ad for a speech to text program: Are you looking for dictation software with maximum versatility and functionality? Look no further than the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Time to Write
Here's a good strategy for making it less likely that hackers will be able to access your password by guessing the answers to your security questions: lie. I read that the hacker who got into Hilary Clinton's account had a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Time to Write
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There are lots of things you can ask yourself when creating three-dimensional characters for your novel or screenplay, but one of the best was suggested in a New York Times essay on marriage: We seem normal only to those who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Time to Write
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"LOST IN SPACE" -gif by Geoff Keough (https://dribbble.com/gdk221) AND OTHER DAYS, LIKE THIS: JAM - gif by Pedro Piccinini https://dribbble.com/shots/2741806-Jam Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Time to Write
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The director Luc Besson (Fifth Element) is using Instagram to document every step of making his next film, Valerian. The movie is based on the graphic novel Valerian and Laureline, and it's a sci-fi tale in which the title characters... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Time to Write
The TV show VEEP has created an off-screen world for its viewers to play in. It could serve as a model for a fiction author wanting to market their novel and keep their readers engaged, especially if the book in... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Time to Write
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We all have more to do than we have time to do it, right? An article in the New York Times by Laura Vanderkam suggests maybe we need to re-think our attitude toward time. She spent a full year noting... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Time to Write
Somewhat similar: "In 2013 Richard Ernest got backing on Dragons’ Den for his ‘RemPods’, pop up rooms for dementia patients which are designed to resemble scenes from a bygone era. They are used to help calm those in hospitals and care homes by taking them back to more familiar times. These include old fashioned pubs, cinemas and dance halls. Richard’s pods were a hit on the BBC2 entrepreneur show, with Deborah Meaden showing significant interest, and he has since rolled them out world wide." --Ilfor Recorder.co.uk
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Technology allows us to bend reality in many ways. One example: One of Kanga's more promising ideas is a "Disneyland dementia village," with a fake butcher and grocery store, based on a Dutch model where dementia patients live in a... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Time to Write
As you may be aware, recently all of my websites were hacked and the home pages replaced with an image of an evil grinning cat. My tech consultant says hackers must have had a way of getting into the server... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Time to Write
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I've spotted some amazing new tech devices in development that not long ago would have belonged in science fiction. One is an instant translator in an earbud, called The Pilot. There are no wires or cables and it works even... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Time to Write
It's very unusual for any author to sell their copyright. Also, the work that he is offering to do for you is what an agent does, in exchange for a commission, usually 15%. Reputable agents never charge a fee upfront.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2016 on Beware of LitFire Press at Time to Write
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I've written once before about how gradually the meaning of the term "the elephant in the room" is changing. It means something with a large presence that doesn't get talked about. However, more and more I see it used this... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Time to Write
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What's sexy is new ideas, breakthroughs, innovation. This paragraph from Farnam Street Brain Food newsletter reminded me that maintenance matters, too: Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Time to Write
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People sometimes ask me how I found the publishers of my non-fiction books. In recent years, I've had two publishers: Nicholas Brealey Publishing, which now is part of Hachette, and Pearson. In both cases, the process was the same: I... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Time to Write
How do you make your writing come alive in the minds of your readers? Here, in a four-minute TED-Ed talk, Nalo Hopkinson shares her thoughts: Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Time to Write
One of my challenges in writing prose is coming up with good descriptions, because in screenwriting (which has been the bulk of my work) you tend to keep descriptions extremely short and don't get much into how things feel or... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Time to Write
Today almost all of my websites were hacked by an Indian hacker. He removed all of the content and put a rant on one of the home pages about people hacking Indian websites. My hosting is with Hostgator, and they... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Time to Write
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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 Apr 29, 2016 at Time to Write