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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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Writers love hearing about all kinds of people and all kinds of never know when something will lead to an idea for a character, a setting, a plot. While there's no substitute for actually getting out there and meeting... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Time to Write
Somebody has come up with the word "phubbing," meaning using or being distracted by your cellphone while in the company of their relationship partners. It comes out of a study at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business which concluded, not... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Time to Write
Hi Folks, After 2,965 posts and 687,461 page views, I'm taking a little break from the blog while I'm finishing my novel, "The House That Wouldn't Die," teaching a screenwriting course at Raindance, London (see below) and creating an online... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Time to Write
Psyblog reports on a study that showed positive memories can help overcome least if you're a mouse. Yes, this study was conducted with mice. They gave male mice a positive experience--exposure to a female mouse. They were able to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Time to Write
I got an email the other day from an aspiring screenwriter who had an idea for an unusual structure for her screenplay. She asked whether I thought it would be safer to stick to the traditional three-act structure and "maybe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Time to Write
Science Daily reports: "Texting while walking and being cognitively distracted may significantly affect the way a person walks, resulting in a more cautious gait, according to a study published July 29, 2015, in the open-access Journal PLOS ONE led by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Time to Write
One of the best strategies for being more creative is reading things you normally wouldn't be exposed to. In that spirt, here is a random story you may not have run across: from the website of a radio station in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Time to Write
My next session of the Script Coach Workshop at Raindance in central London takes place on Monday evening, October 5, and covers "guerrilla warfare for the writer"--ways for you to market yourself and your work. You can find out more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Time to Write
Psyblog reports on a study that shows the best sleeping position for removing waste from the brain most efficiently. It's on your side rather than face up or face down. Does this mean if you sleep on your side you'll... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Time to Write
Would you like to learn more about filmmaking or digital storytelling? Check out the free courses at Future Learn. A course underway at the moment is "Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen" from the NFTS and BFI Film Academy. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Time to Write
No matter how dark things may appear at the moment, it's very likely you still have some things to be grateful for. They may be large or small. They could include: * the support of a friend * being appreciated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Time to Write
If you're unhappy because you can't seem to get over a traumatic or stressful event, you may have trouble sleeping, working, and relating to others as well as you'd like to. If that's the case, try expressive writing. As recounted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at Time to Write
Want to increase your happiness? Are there any strategies that have been shown to work--not just anecdotally, but scientifically? Yes, and I'm finding them in an excellent book, :59 seconds, written by Richard Wiseman. It's named that because at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at Time to Write
Do you have to be miserable to be a good writer? I think the answer is no, but sometimes it helps. What brought this on was reading two books by Shirley Jackson, who is best known for her short novel,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Time to Write
Should you write that novel or screenplay that's burning a hole in your head but probably isn't commercial, or should you opt for a safer story that doesn't ignite your passion as much? In an interview on the Get Into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Time to Write
Would it interest you to have a soundtrack accompany the book you are reading? A company called Booktrack raised $5 million recently, added to another $5 million raised previously, to fulfill their mission: "to connect readers with an exciting and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Time to Write
First you would write to the agent with a query letter--one page that includes a quick summary of the plot of the script and any relevant background you have. If they are interested, they'll ask you to send them the script (most are OK with pdf versions, some still insist on a hard copy). If they think they might be able to sell it, they offer to represent you. Typically they take 15% of what you get for the script. Reputable agents don't charge you any upfront fees, they just get that commission. On my site, there's a link to a free report called "Getting Started Writing a Screenplay,'which has a bit more informaiton about agents.
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In a New York Times article about how emails are getting shorter, Teddy Wayne quotes John Freeman (author of "The Tyranny of E-Mail"). Freeman says that even people who don't work in film "know what the 'L.A. no' is: that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Time to Write
If you're writing a novel or screenplay and are looking for inspiration for your characters, check out a website called Hopes and Fears. It features a series of anonymous first-person accounts of a variety of jobs. Here are a few... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Time to Write
When metal shows its mettle... From a news story about the effect of Greece's vote on the Euro: "However, in typical fashion the shared currency showed its metal and in morning trade in London..." What the author had in mind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Time to Write
I spotted a fun blog post by Hannah Heath, young aspiring author, on 7 cliched characters in YA fiction that she says need to stop: 1. The character that is full of teen angst 2. The girl that's pretty but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Time to Write
Mo Willems ("Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus") expressed a few thoughts about his writing process to the Boston Globe Magazine recently: "I’m just writing about emotions. I like to say: 'Love, jealousy, hatred, wanting to drive a bus... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Time to Write
Here are some actual newspaper headlines recently featured on the Odd Stuff Magazine site: "Bugs flying around with wings are flying bugs" "Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25" "Federal Agents Raid Gun Shop, Find Weapons"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Time to Write
Here, from is advice on how to attract readers with headlines that lie: "Good headlines make the content seem interesting and useful. Sometimes a headline might introduce a little mystery. I’m sure you’ve seen the ones that set up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Time to Write