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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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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
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Earlybird books sent me an offer to sign up for free and discounted books. Among the free ones was Middlemarch, by George Eliot. Here's part of the description: George Eliot’s novel of life in a quaint English town is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Time to Write
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When you're under pressure, thinking of yourself in the 3rd person can help you cope according to a recent study published in Scientific Reports. Instead of thinking, "How can I possibly get this done!?", think, "How can [your name] possibly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Time to Write
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I just started listening to a podcast of spooky stories...and turned to something else after about three minutes. Why? Because the opening was full of general information that didn't feel like it was going anywhere. Neither was there foreshadowing of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Time to Write
I'm not sure we'll ever have a practical use for knowing this, although it's possible item 10 might come in handy for a short story, novel or screenplay... The full list of London City Airport's most-confiscated items is as follows:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Time to Write
Tate Publishing & Enterprises LLC promoted itself as a family-owned, Christian book and music publisher. It denied that it was a vanity publisher, but complaints piled up from authors who said they had not received services promised in exchange for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Time to Write