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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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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
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Forget about Tony Robbins, now you can let a robot inspire you with images teamed with words of wisdom...or gibberish...which could be the same thing. Here are two of my favorites from my new friend, InspiroBot: Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Time to Write
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Make sure that the characters are portrayed with heart, humor, hope, heroics, and optimism at the base, DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns told the makers of the new film version of Wonder Woman. Heart. Hope. Heroics. Optimism. Sounds like what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Time to Write
Sometimes it's tough to do what this guy (Marcus Johnson) suggests, but it's worth a try. And, refreshingly, he doesn't pretend it's always an easy journey. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Time to Write
Some of the readers of my blog and social media pages are aware that I live in London and they have been kind enough to send messages of concern and support in response to the recent terrorist attacks. Thank you.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Time to Write
Do you want your readers/viewers to like your protagonist? According to a report on the Psyblog.com site, the five most attractive personality traits are: kindness and understanding intelligence a sense of humor being fun-loving having an exciting personality If you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Time to Write
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The newest film version of "King Arthur" has flopped. Could it be that the audience is getting tired of scripts that use the hero's journey as a fill-in-the-blanks formula rather than just as an inspiration? This is from theWrap.com: "...for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Time to Write
The text on the back of your book or the blurb that publishers put in ads or promotions for your book can influence people to buy...or not. In a mailing I received today I found a couple of examples of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Time to Write
Everybody's material has typos, but some are more unfortunate than others. WE TEACHES YOU HOW TO WRITE GOOD! Here's a headline in an ad for a writing course offered by WritersLife.org: "How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy Thats Your... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Time to Write
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Why do viewers like TV and movie protagonists who do bad things? For instance, Walter White from Breaking Bad, or Tony Soprano. Recent research at the University of Buffalo sheds some light on the matter and can be useful for... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Time to Write
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These days it's very easy to get discouraged when we see what's happening in the world. I like what an internet marketing guy named Derek Halpern wrote about this: We must strive to Be The Exception. “17 out of 18... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Time to Write
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"I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. In fact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Time to Write
Screenwriting from the Heart workshop - Palm springs - april 22, 2017 from Jurgen Wolff on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Time to Write
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On Saturday, April 22, 2017, I'm teaching my "Screenwriting from the Heart" workshop. This workshop is about how to go beyond templates and formulas in order to create a script that will truly stand out. We'll cover how to come... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Time to Write
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Here are four ways music can help you write: As a transition from your work day to your writing session. If you find that you're having trouble shaking the concerns that you dealt with during your job time (or family... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Time to Write