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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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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
There are many ways of constructing a plot. One I find useful is to consider what I call the three C's: Conflict Choice Consequence You can use these to develop your main plot, but they are equally useful in constructing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Time to Write
Here's a headline from a recent article on This Actress Wants to Play Captain Marvel Very Badly In fact, probably Bryce Dallas Howard wants to play Captain Marvel very well. The key to getting this aspect of grammar right... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Time to Write
I've mentioned before that I have an idea for a satirical novel about Homeland Security, but the facts keep getting in the way. They are more ridiculous than anything I could invent, and the latest news adds to the list:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Time to Write
The fact that people tend to skim rather than read carefully online makes it more important than ever to be clear in what we write. This morning on the BBC News site I ran across a couple of good examples... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Time to Write
People generally think of satire as a pretty weak weapon, but it still scares or at least annoys despots. The Art Newspaper reports: "A court in Tehran has sentenced an Iranian artist to 12 years and nine months in prison... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Time to Write
You may have read by now about artist Richard Price. He took a screenshot of a post from Instagram that included somebody's photo and several comments, added a comment of his own, blew it up to a much larger size,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Time to Write
We know that taking a short break during a long writing session is helpful, but research shows a surprising reason. Apparently, focusing exclusively on one task for a long time can actually make it disappear from your mind. One of... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Time to Write
It would be ideal if writing skill and talent were the only attributes a writer of novels or screenplays needs. However, in the real world some additional skills are vital. Some of these may strike you as unusual, but bear... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Time to Write
The first episode of a new podcast called PsychCrunch features interviews with researchers in the field of personal attraction. While they are pitching it toward people looking for help with dating, the information could also be useful for anyone writing... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Time to Write
If any additional evidence is needed that I sometimes totally fail to have my finger on the pulse of the book-buying public, the advent of coloring books for adults qualifies. That's definitely one I didn't see coming. Publishers Weekly reports... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Time to Write
A while back, a publisher named Austin Macauley had their lawyer send me a letter threatening legal action because (in their view, but not in mine) my post about them was actionable. I changed the wording to make it clear... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Time to Write
I just read that a number of small literary magazines are now charging a reading fee. If you want them to consider your story or poem you have to pay them a fee (in one case, $3). If they reject... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Time to Write
From the current issue of Writers' News: "Simon and Schuster Children's Books (UK) acquired two fiction novels..." "Fiction novels?" Sigh. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Time to Write
My new favorite headline: "Jury Convicts Couple of Having Sex on a Beach After Only 15 Minutes of Deliberation" If only the couple had deliberated a few additional minutes... Beyond the poor choice of sentence construction, there's a serious element--because... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Time to Write
There's an interesting new book out from the US about the (self) censorship that takes place with textbooks in an effort not to offend anybody (and therefore not lose any potential sales). The book is called The Language Police. The... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Time to Write
Thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver believes it's important to outline your work before starting to write it. He says his background as a lawyer probably contributed to his dedication to preparation. In a three-minute video hosted at, he describes his... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Time to Write
If you write at night you may also find yourself snacking more during that time (unfortunately, I'm speaking from experience). I assumed this might be a distraction gambit--a trip to the fridge gives you time to think about what to... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Time to Write
Data and Targeting Insider reports: "Hollywood has begun to use data to determine the potential success of screenplays, [analyst Martin ] Kihn said. "There's a company in Hollywood that takes option[ed] screenplays owned by the studios that go through a... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Time to Write
It's interesting that in an age when tastes change more quickly than ever, the big studios think they know what you'll want to see next year and the year after that and the year after that. For instance, Star Wars:... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Time to Write
The author of the book from which the excerpt about Sadie was taken has contacted me to say that she has changed the blurb and in fact her book is available for free.
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Keeping our brains and bodies working well doesn't always require a huge effort. Here are a few tips I've run across lately that might be worth your attention: NUTS! A handful of walnuts every day can help improve your concentration... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Time to Write
If you want to make sure you spend more time doing things you intend to do but sometimes forget, the 'fruit bowl' study by Cornell Food & Brand Labs might help. They analyzed 112 studies about healthy eating and found... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Time to Write