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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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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
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One of the reservations I have about writing contests is that often the entry fee is too high compared to the prizes on offer. Fortunately, the Published To Death blog has a list of 53 writing contests with March 2017... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Time to Write
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Although I admire his use of language, I've never made it all the way through James Joyce's Ulysses. How about you? If you also found it too rich in larger doses, you might enjoy getting it in Tweet-size bits that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Time to Write
Good to hear from another seeker! There's no end of people telling us it's NOT OUR FAULt, all we need is to find out the stuff that THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO HIDE FROM US! Once we know he simple, NO EFFORT REQUIRED method, we can HAVE IT ALL. But the only method I've seen that actually works is to sell bogus secrets...
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Hi Fred, Thank you for letting us know, and good luck. I'm so sorry that so many people have been caught up in this. best regards, Jurgen Wolff
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For a novel I'm working on I created a self-help guru whose movement is called "Wish Yourself Rich." It was based on the highly-successful (financially) "The Secret." I thought reality would never come up with anything more ridiculous. I was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Time to Write
If you write funny poetry (on purpose) you may be interested in the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Entries are invited until April 1 and, unusually, there's no entry fee. Your poem can be published or unpublished and can run... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Time to Write
The Bookseller reports that UK ebook authors will soon be earning more money: "Authors will be paid from a government fund that compensates authors for loaning their works for free from public libraries. The catalyst for the change stems from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Time to Write
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In case you aren't familiar with the excellent Writer Beware blog, you may want to check it out. The post of Feb. 16 contains a red flag alert about: The Loiacono Literary Agency, which apparently has placed most of its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Time to Write
The Daily Mail and other publications have reported on a study of depression and saying 'thank you'. The Mail article starts: "It is only two small words. But saying 'thank you' to others could be the key to beating depression."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Time to Write
Tate Publishing has gone out of business. Over the past few years, I've posted several times trying to warn writers about Tate. The publisher once offered me a free trip to their headquarters, in exchange for taking down my posts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Time to Write
I'm so sorry to hear that you have gone through this. See this advice from the "Writer Beware" site: http://accrispin.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/tate-publishing-enterprises-slapped.html
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The first large study of the role of diet in depression shows that what you eat can improve or hinder your chances of going into remission. The study consisted of one group that was given help from a clinical dietician... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Time to Write
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Radish is a mobile app for reading (and paying for) bite-size chunks of fiction. This kind of app is already popular in Asia but hasn't yet caught on to the same extent in the US or Europe. The most successful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Time to Write
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One of the main e-book marketing methods used by self-published authors as well as traditional publishers is a temporary price drop. Does it work, or does it just mean you make less money? Author and scientist Dan Koboldt, who has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Time to Write
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A couple of recent studies suggest that improving your posture can help you overcome moderate depression. Dr. Elizabeth Broadbent reports that sitting upright rather than slumping helps you be more confident in your thoughts, more persistent with difficult tasks, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Time to Write
Thanks for your comment. Please do come back and let us know what happens. It would be interesting to know what they mean by "bad luck" although I guess being sued by Xerox and being investigated by the Dept. of Labor counts as bad, if not exactly down to luck.
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