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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're coming off Daylight Savings Time, it's getting dark earlier, and there are more grey days ahead. Do you find your motivation flagging as winter sets in? I do--I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (a bright SAD light helps). Even... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Time to Write
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A while back I wrote a post about research that found that creativity is enhanced by having a couple of drinks (but not more). A new study shows that light consumption of alcohol can also help memory--at least for older... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Time to Write
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A couple of new translations of my writing books. The figure with the pipe reminds me of Bertrand Russell or Sherlock Holmes... (Your Writing Coach and Your Creative Writing Masterclass are available in English too, from your bookseller. See YourWritingCoach.com... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Time to Write
You may think you know the story of the tortoise and the hare, but you don't know the FULL story! It's all here... PS: This is also a little promotion for the online MASSIVE ACTION DAY taking place today (Saturday,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Time to Write
What's the word to leave out of your fiction most of the time? Suddenly. Almost everything happens suddenly. A shot rings out. She realizes there's a man behind her. The waiter arrives to take your order. OK, I guess he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Time to Write
If you think you need a nice office space with a great view to be inspired, take a look at the writing spaces of some famous authors, as featured at http://www.TheWriteLife.com... How did Jane Austen write such big books at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Time to Write
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Case in point, a kids' book with no pictures...one that makes kids scream with laughter...and sells LOTS of copies, if the 600,000+ views at YouTube are any indication. I won't spoil it, see... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Time to Write
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There is a lot of speculation about the impact of e-books, but often without any hard data. In the October 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair edition of Publishers Weekly, Jo Henry passes along some interesting figures regarding the sales of e-books:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Time to Write
It's important for writers to understand what directors do (and vice-versa). One of the current top directors is David Fincher and this video analyzing what he does and how he does it is well worth 8 minutes of your time:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Time to Write
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In an interview with Neil McCormick of the London Daily Telegraph, songwriter Ryan Adams has an interesting take on what distracts us these days from connecting with thoughts beneath the surface. Looking at his iPhone, he says, “There’s something in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Time to Write
99U had a post today critical of the many articles that are headlined something like "How to Innovate the Steve Jobs Way" or "How to Think Like Warren Buffet." It brought to mind how often writers see similar articles: "How... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Time to Write
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This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Time to Write
A fascinating article by Robin Cembulest at ArtNews.com reveals how Edward Hopper created his most famous painting, "Nighthawks"--the one that shows the interior of a diner as seen through its large window, revealing a couple, a man by himself, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Time to Write
In 2012, authors sued the largest publisher of romance novels, Harlequin. Here's a summary of the situation, as described at www.harlegquinlawsuit.com: THE LEGAL ISSUES "A class action lawsuit was filed today against Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd., the world’s leading publisher of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Time to Write
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This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Time to Write
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Is a story 7500 words long a book? No, I don't think so, either, but that's what an outfit called "Authors in a Flash" is offering as "sizzling hot fiction romance books" for you to buy and put your name... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Time to Write
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This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Time to Write
A recent study suggests that individuals who work collaboratively are more engaged and less territorial when they work standing up. Professors at the business school at Washington University in St. Louis had students work for 30 minutes in groups of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Time to Write
Time for the Associated Press to have a quick review of sentence construction. Here's the first line of an article they released today: LIMA, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say they have apprehended the convicted killer of three Ohio students who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Time to Write
Here is the statement Publishers Weekly sent in response to my inquiry: "Publishers Weekly did not vet this specific offer. We did vet the author, a bestseller whose books we have reviewed (2008, 2009, 2010). We have also written about her imprint, Cash Money, and unusual imprints in the African American community."
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This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Time to Write
I get some interesting blurbs in my email but this is a new one: an offer (not to me specifically, I'm just on their mailing list, via Publisher's Weekly) to "co-author a book with a New York Times best-selling author."... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Time to Write
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The other day I got an email from a writer who had an appointment to pitch her movie idea to a producer and she was in a panic. She asked what tips I could offer. The biggest one: Keep It... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Time to Write
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This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Time to Write
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Do you find that sometimes you're working on a project and it seems to proceed by fits and starts rather than flowing smoothly? I know I do. One strategy that helps is at the end of every work session jotting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Time to Write