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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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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 2 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
What's the correct usage when you're referring to people that could be either gender? The exclusionary tradition was "he/his" regardless of whether or not it referred to something that included women. Some people suggested using only "she/her" for a hundred... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Time to Write
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If you find yourself being too critical of yourself and others, too affected by rejection or setbacks, there are ways you can correct that. The first mistake we make is automatically categorizing lots of things as negative without considering that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Time to Write
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It was a bit depressing to see Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, and Alistair Darling take the popular "ice bucket challenge." If I thought they were doing it due to a genuine awareness and concern about ALS--well, I still would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Time to Write
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Writing in The Register, Andrew Orlowski points out that "the sharing economy" doesn't always share. For instance, Amanda Palmer used Kickstarter to raise $1.2 million to fund an album and a tour, but then tried to get volunteer musicians to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Time to Write
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Recently I wrote about the Green Shore Publishing scam, where they're using actors from Fiverr to provide fake testimonials on the Green Shore site, and a mail drop as their headquarters, and the books they say have been published don't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Time to Write
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Humans of New York is an amazing blog that features photos of New Yorkers along with quotes from brief interviews with them conducted by the photographer. On the site the photographer writes, "My name is Brandon and I began Humans... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Time to Write
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Although I haven't lived in the US for quite a while, the fiction I write is set there and I like to keep close tabs on what's happening. I'm also always on the lookout for interesting characters, and a recent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Time to Write
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Recently I saw a cartoon in which a man is curled up on the the floor, a letter next to him, presumably a rejection letter. He's crying out, "I'm no writer. I've wasted my life." I doctored the text to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Time to Write
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You may know of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site where you can ask people to finance your invention or, in this case, postcards. Julian Gough, past winner of the National Short Story Prize, set out to raise $1500 to pay for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Time to Write
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I had two small connections with Robin Williams. He optioned a movie script I wrote but I didn't meet him then, only his representatives. Of course I was disappointed when he went on to make a different movie and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Time to Write
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The need for authors to have courage came up at the summer conference of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Author-illustrator Tomie dePaola said, "“Sometimes I still get up in the morning, I face the blank piece of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Time to Write
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"If it is any use to know it, I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows. Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Time to Write
The charming short (2 minute) video below uses kids to demonstrate the difference between going with your first idea and giving yourself enough time to come up with something more creative: Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Time to Write
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It's official--a study at my alma mater, Stanford University, showed that walking is a way to increase your creativity. Great writers have known this all along, of course: "Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Time to Write