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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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We know that taking a short break during a long writing session is helpful, but research shows a surprising reason. Apparently, focusing exclusively on one task for a long time can actually make it disappear from your mind. One of... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Time to Write
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It would be ideal if writing skill and talent were the only attributes a writer of novels or screenplays needs. However, in the real world some additional skills are vital. Some of these may strike you as unusual, but bear... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Time to Write
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The first episode of a new podcast called PsychCrunch features interviews with researchers in the field of personal attraction. While they are pitching it toward people looking for help with dating, the information could also be useful for anyone writing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Time to Write
If any additional evidence is needed that I sometimes totally fail to have my finger on the pulse of the book-buying public, the advent of coloring books for adults qualifies. That's definitely one I didn't see coming. Publishers Weekly reports... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Time to Write
A while back, a publisher named Austin Macauley had their lawyer send me a letter threatening legal action because (in their view, but not in mine) my post about them was actionable. I changed the wording to make it clear... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Time to Write
I just read that a number of small literary magazines are now charging a reading fee. If you want them to consider your story or poem you have to pay them a fee (in one case, $3). If they reject... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Time to Write
From the current issue of Writers' News: "Simon and Schuster Children's Books (UK) acquired two fiction novels..." "Fiction novels?" Sigh. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Time to Write
My new favorite headline: "Jury Convicts Couple of Having Sex on a Beach After Only 15 Minutes of Deliberation" If only the couple had deliberated a few additional minutes... Beyond the poor choice of sentence construction, there's a serious element--because... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Time to Write
There's an interesting new book out from the US about the (self) censorship that takes place with textbooks in an effort not to offend anybody (and therefore not lose any potential sales). The book is called The Language Police. The... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Time to Write
Thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver believes it's important to outline your work before starting to write it. He says his background as a lawyer probably contributed to his dedication to preparation. In a three-minute video hosted at SimonandSchuster.com, he describes his... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Time to Write
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If you write at night you may also find yourself snacking more during that time (unfortunately, I'm speaking from experience). I assumed this might be a distraction gambit--a trip to the fridge gives you time to think about what to... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Time to Write
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Data and Targeting Insider reports: "Hollywood has begun to use data to determine the potential success of screenplays, [analyst Martin ] Kihn said. "There's a company in Hollywood that takes option[ed] screenplays owned by the studios that go through a... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Time to Write
It's interesting that in an age when tastes change more quickly than ever, the big studios think they know what you'll want to see next year and the year after that and the year after that. For instance, Star Wars:... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Time to Write
The author of the book from which the excerpt about Sadie was taken has contacted me to say that she has changed the blurb and in fact her book is available for free.
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Keeping our brains and bodies working well doesn't always require a huge effort. Here are a few tips I've run across lately that might be worth your attention: NUTS! A handful of walnuts every day can help improve your concentration... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Time to Write
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If you want to make sure you spend more time doing things you intend to do but sometimes forget, the 'fruit bowl' study by Cornell Food & Brand Labs might help. They analyzed 112 studies about healthy eating and found... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Time to Write
There's English and there's corporate English, as I was reminded this morning when I read this, about an executive who is leaving his job after 18 months: "He has delivered a number of customer focused initiatives, the company said." Translation:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Time to Write
Simon & Schuster, Hay House, and Lulu.com are among the companies that have gone into partnership with Author Solutions, which is the subject of two lawsuits. The second lawsuit describes the Author Solutions approach: Author Solutions operates more like a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Time to Write
I HAVE A STRONG FEELING THAT PEOPLE ARE GULLIBLE... An infographic titled "The Truth About Intuition" distributed by Mindvalley claims: "CIA-hired psychics [in the Stargate Project] successfully located downed planes and identified locations of hostages." CIA- hired psychics successfully located... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Time to Write
jjjjjjjjjjComing up with a snappy description of your book is important these days. Here are a few that aren't terrible but have room fo improvement: Little is known about the great artist Rembrandt’s life — but this enlightening biography reveals... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Time to Write
In an article on the fastcompany.com site, Mad Man creator Matthew Weiner mentions that Coleridge's claim that his classic poem, Kubla Khan, came to him in a rush when he woke up from an opium-inspired dream was a lie. Apparently... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Time to Write
in the previous post I wrote about why social media generally doesn't work for new novelists. What does work? 1: Get the book to the attention of book reviewers, mostly bloggers and podcasters who have a large following. Not easy,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Time to Write
If you're a novelist who expects social media to lead to book sales, the truth may shock you. After all, everywhere you look you're told to get on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest and other social media outlets to attract... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Time to Write
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Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Time to Write
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"You're right, it's a fake, but it's a good one. Somebody's gonna find it and think they hit the jackpot. There are a few people I could have given it to. Roy, the guy who brings the Meals on Wheels,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Time to Write