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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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It was a bit depressing to see Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, and Alistair Darling take the popular "ice bucket challenge." If I thought they were doing it due to a genuine awareness and concern about ALS--well, I still would... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Time to Write
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Writing in The Register, Andrew Orlowski points out that "the sharing economy" doesn't always share. For instance, Amanda Palmer used Kickstarter to raise $1.2 million to fund an album and a tour, but then tried to get volunteer musicians to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Time to Write
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Recently I wrote about the Green Shore Publishing scam, where they're using actors from Fiverr to provide fake testimonials on the Green Shore site, and a mail drop as their headquarters, and the books they say have been published don't... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Time to Write
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Humans of New York is an amazing blog that features photos of New Yorkers along with quotes from brief interviews with them conducted by the photographer. On the site the photographer writes, "My name is Brandon and I began Humans... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Time to Write
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Although I haven't lived in the US for quite a while, the fiction I write is set there and I like to keep close tabs on what's happening. I'm also always on the lookout for interesting characters, and a recent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Time to Write
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Recently I saw a cartoon in which a man is curled up on the the floor, a letter next to him, presumably a rejection letter. He's crying out, "I'm no writer. I've wasted my life." I doctored the text to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Time to Write
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You may know of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site where you can ask people to finance your invention or, in this case, postcards. Julian Gough, past winner of the National Short Story Prize, set out to raise $1500 to pay for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Time to Write
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I had two small connections with Robin Williams. He optioned a movie script I wrote but I didn't meet him then, only his representatives. Of course I was disappointed when he went on to make a different movie and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Time to Write
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The need for authors to have courage came up at the summer conference of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Author-illustrator Tomie dePaola said, "“Sometimes I still get up in the morning, I face the blank piece of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Time to Write
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"If it is any use to know it, I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows. Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Time to Write
The charming short (2 minute) video below uses kids to demonstrate the difference between going with your first idea and giving yourself enough time to come up with something more creative: Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Time to Write
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It's official--a study at my alma mater, Stanford University, showed that walking is a way to increase your creativity. Great writers have known this all along, of course: "Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Time to Write
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A series on how to improve your life, 5 minutes at a time. Today: Stop and ask yourself one question This is the single best simple time management strategy I've come across: Several times a day, stop what you're doing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Time to Write
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Here's the brand new Thai edition of Creativity Now: Tell all your Thai friends! Of course you can also get the English edition from Amazon or your other favorite bookseller. Related articles Creativity Now: The case of the fake bus... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Time to Write
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Marketing guru Ramit Sethi recently said that if you send people a link for something free they may find interesting, most of the time they won't click on it. This may not be true of your family and closest friends;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Time to Write
There are a lot of brazen people out there who figure if they ignore the problem it will go away. I'm hoping that one of the national newspapers will pick up on this. I sent an email to the Guardian with the link, we'll see if they do anything with it.
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A new series on how to take 5 minutes to do something for yourself and others. Today: send a postcard or greeting card to somebody with whom you've been out of touch for a while. Yes, a physical piece of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Time to Write
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I have 10,000 (robot) friends A Korean baseball club called The Hanwa Eagles has installed a cheering section made up of faceless robots. If fans want to be at the game virtually they can send a head shot to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Time to Write
Hi Scott I definitely wouldn't rule it out, especially self-publishing an ebook, where the financial investment is very small. Getting traditionally published is harder than ever, and even a lot of writers who have offers from traditional publishers are choosing to self-publish instead. Jurgen
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2014 on A note to a frustrated writer at Time to Write
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The incredibly valuable 'Writer Beware!" blog alerts us to yet another so-called publisher to avoid: Green Shore Publishing. If a company charges you for publishing your book, it's not a publisher, it's a printer. Maybe a printer that offers (or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Time to Write
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I read the other day that J. K. Rowling submitted the first Harry Potter book with the name she normally used, Joanne Rowling. The publisher warned her that boys might be reluctant to read a novel written by a woman,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Time to Write
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In a book called The Creativity Cure, authors Carrie and Alton Barron make an interesting claim: using our hands can help us avoid or alleviate mild to moderate depression. She is a psychiatrist, he is a hand surgeon. They point... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Time to Write
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In the Early to Rise newsletter, Stephen Guise, author of MiniHabits, suggested a different way of looking at risk and rewards in order to change your habits or overcome avoiding things you'd like to do. TWO KINDS OF RISK One... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Time to Write
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Here's a round-up of some of the more amusing typos and other errors in print I've run across lately. The first one is my favorite, since it seems to suggest an easy way for writers to lose weight: "The low... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Time to Write