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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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It's probably not fair that people judge whether or not to buy a novel based on the cover, the back cover, and the first sentence, but that's how it works much of the time. Now that more people are buying... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Time to Write
There are several versions of this around, based on transcripts of his reading of the poem. The one version I found in print had several lines different from the reading. I've done my best to correct it but if you see typos, please let me know what they are so I can correct them.
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I spotted this sentence in an article in US Today: "And because his presence 'inspires people' and makes them forget about their problems for awhile." That got me thinking about the difference between awhile and a while. According to Dictionary.com:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Time to Write
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Crime novelist Denise Mina told Writing Magazine, "I really think if you are taking a reader to somewhere they've never been before you have to make the reader think about things in a new way. You have to have a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Time to Write
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A story in today's London Evening Standard is headlined, "Heroic parrot rescues female owner from attack in park." It was a bit of a let-down to read what the parrot's "heroic" action was: "But the attacker was stopped in his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Time to Write
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A recent study conducted at ten high schools with high-performing students suggests that being assigned a lot of homework results in stress and even physical health problems. The students reported having to do an average of three hours homework per... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Time to Write
Yes, I know that in the UK the Oxford comma is not too popular but I'm for it. How about you? Here's a short (3 minute) animation about it...OK, we may be overthinking this, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Time to Write
Designer Pier Paolo has created a delightful little animated history of film. See how many of the movies and characters you recognize: Cinematics from Pier Paolo on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Time to Write
Corrected, thank you. I'm going to assume that wasn't a Freudian slip!
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The folks at Webpgr.com have developed a new format that puts an entire book on one "interactive" web page. The first one they've made available in this format is old favorite Alice in Wonderland. You can see it here. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Time to Write
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"There is this illusion that somehow you can get to a stable place, figure it all out." In a recent article in Fast Company magazine, Pixar President Ed Catmull points out, "The underlying technology continues to change, successful people are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Time to Write
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Being a scriptwriter allowed me to get by without going into a lot of description but now that I'm also writing prose I need to get better at it. Here's a method I'm finding helpful: 1. Figure out which of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Time to Write
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Thanks to the internet there's no shortage of good advice flooding into your life. In fact, sometimes there are so many articles about "Ten ways to..." or "What you can learn about something or other from..." that it's overwhelming. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Time to Write
A USA Today article written by Hilary Billings included this sentence: "Whether it's hiking in Red Rock Canyon or dirt biking through the desert, you're most likely to find Eric [Trump] convening with nature." Convening: to come together or assemble,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Time to Write
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We all do it, right--procrastinate? I'm writing this blog post when probably I should be working on my tax return right now. I tell myself that at least I'm doing something useful in place of the most important thing, that's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Time to Write
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I was impressed by a blog post at Lifehack.org called 13 Reasons Why You Will Not be Successful. I understand that it was phrased that way to capture attention but I prefer to turn them around to the positive and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Time to Write
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I read a fascinating post by novelist Lydia Sharp in which she described having what she calls Seasonal Writing Disorder. It's well worth reading the entire post, but in a nutshell she said she used to beat herself up because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Time to Write
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The problem is that sometimes apparent failure and discouragement is followed by actual failure. Often there's no way to know whether you're heading for a fall or for a bonanza. The thing is, that doubt usually comes when you've already... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Time to Write
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At South by Southwest, Lena Dunham said: "The best advice I can muster after exactly four years in this business [is]... don't wait around for someone else to tell your story. Do it yourself by whatever means necessary." This was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Time to Write
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In an interview, one of my favorite illustrator/authors, Shaun Tan (“Tales from Outer Suburbia,” “The Arrival”) talked about creative people and solitude: “It’s always this thing where people have got good ideas and people are great artists, but it takes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Time to Write
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Obviously I'm showing my age, but I can remember a time when only doctors on call felt they had to be connected to the outside world while at the theater. The other night I'd say about 70% of the audience... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Time to Write
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One of the key obstacles to people expressing themselves, says Sir Ken Robinson in his book Elements, is that we worry too much about what other people will think. We fear they will judge us negatively. What's more, sometimes they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Time to Write
Are most successes something totally different...or something a bit better than what existed already? Marketing guru Michael Masterson says his experience shows that the real successes tend to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. As a mentor in the publishing industry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Time to Write
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When trying to overcome procrastination should you focus on the outcome of the task or the details of the task? According to several research studies, it depends on the kind of task and where you are in the process. If... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Time to Write
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Brainstorming sessions have gotten a lot of bad press lately, but there are way around the problems. A study at Texas A & M University suggests that brainstorming in a group may limit the diversity of ideas that come up.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Time to Write