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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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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 14 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 4 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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The hot topic these days is quantifying aspects of your life: how far you walk, how long and well you sleep, how many calories you consume, your weight, your heart rate, and on and on. You now can record absolutely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Time to Write
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Productivity blogger Maneesh Sethi is working on a bracelet device that can be programmed to give you an electric shock if you indulge in a bad habit or fail to perform a good one. It's not available yet but he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Time to Write
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Various studies have shown that the following activities increase happiness . I’ve added my own observations. Dancing to fast-paced music (unless you can’t manage that ‘dance like nobody’s watching’ thing, in which case it might decrease happiness) A 30-day course... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Time to Write
At the end of some articles the New Yorker used to fill up the extra space in the column with embarrassing or otherwise interesting corrections. Today I came across one myself, in The Bookseller: "In the Memoirs section of our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Time to Write
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I'm sure not everyone will agree, but I think the secret of writing humor is: Don't try to be funny. The best humor comes from observing people who don't think they're being funny. The classic sitcom, Fawlty Towers, is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Time to Write
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A new study shows that about 20% of the population is genetically pre-disposed to empathy. The signs: crying easily at movies, often being the first to offer help, getting excited easily by new experiences. The study, conducted at Stony Brook... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Time to Write
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Did you know that a third of Americans have been implanted with RFID chips during dental treatment and most are not aware of it? Did you know that Facebook has a new feature on its smartphone app that will allow... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Time to Write
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I'm not sure how old you have to be to remember fondly the habit of visiting a newsstand and leafing through the magazines under the gaze of the cranky owner until he reminded you, "This is not a library!" I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Time to Write
The newest site from satirists at The Onion is Clickhole.com. It sets out to make fun of the kind of click-bait featured on Huffington Post and many other sites. The problem is that it's hard to come up with any... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Time to Write
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Previously I've run across the rejection letter for The Diary of Anne Frank that said, "The girl doesn't, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling that would lift that book above the 'curiosity' level" and the one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Time to Write
A month ago I wrote about a USA Today article that incorrectly used "awhile" in place of "a while" (link in related posts below). Just to review, Oxford dictionaries.com says: The single word awhile is an adverb meaning ‘for a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Time to Write
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Here are a few of my favorite bloopers from various things I've read lately. “The lesson here is that there is not necessarily some magic bullet that is going to stop these mass shootings, though I wish there were,” Mr.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Time to Write
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If you're at all interested in comics or graphic novels and within reach of London, there are three events to put into your diary. COMICS UNMASKED - BRITISH LIBRARY The first one is at the British Library, Euston Road and... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Time to Write
Do you want free help dealing with your harsh inner critic? On Saturday, August 16, from 11am to noon UK time, I'm offering a free live video teleseminar on how to overcome your harsh inner critic. I'll share some practical... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Time to Write
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If you are a writer there will be days...and sometimes years...when nobody cares about your writing. When you send things out into the world and the loud response is...silence. It comes with the territory and in the later years when... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Time to Write
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A comment I hear sometimes when I listen to producers is "Why aren't there more fresh ideas?" Let's leave aside the fact that if you come up with anything TOO fresh it scares producers. I think the problem is that... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Time to Write
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How much of the plot of his novels does Stephen King know before he starts writing? This is what he told Goodreads: "I start a book like Doctor Sleep [his most recent book] knowing just two things: the basic situation... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Time to Write
In the recent BAFTA awards there was a category called "Constructed Reality." It's good to see an acknowledgment that reality show reality isn't reality. In order to capture viewers, the producers of such shows fall back on traditional storytelling. A... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Time to Write
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Who Knew? is an occasional feature sharing weird stuff. In this case, thanks to NPR, the story of turnspit dogs. The NPR report says, "The Canis vertigus, or turnspit, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Time to Write