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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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Thanks for your comment. Please do come back and let us know what happens. It would be interesting to know what they mean by "bad luck" although I guess being sued by Xerox and being investigated by the Dept. of Labor counts as bad, if not exactly down to luck.
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I created a surreal sitcom for which I wrote a spec script not so long ago. A friend got it to a writer/producer who said he thought it was very funny, but he couldn't identify enough with the characters and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Time to Write
Here's a brief and delightful animation from Daniel Cordero that might just refresh your view of creativity: Art is Theft from daniel cordero on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Time to Write
You may have heard that print books are doing better than they were, compared to printed books. Hooray, maybe people really do prefer the feel of a book in their hand, and being able to turn pages physically. That may... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Time to Write
ps: Here's another example of a fake Amazon address--this one just came in: Amazon. com -- probably has been hacked just like my sites were and now is being used to send out these fake emails.
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Probably you've read about ransomware, malware that encrypts all of the data on your computer, followed by demands for payment to restore your files. An article in the Guardian estimated that 40% of businesses have been affected by it. Paying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Time to Write
Apologies to my US readers, for whom the parody cover below won't ring a bell. I shall explain: Here in England there's a railway operated by a company called Southern. The people who run the company and the people who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Time to Write
As writers, it's natural for us to focus on "what if's": what if nobody wants to buy what we write? what if it's not good enough? what if I should have been writing that other thing instead? what if I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Time to Write
I've written previously about Tate Publishing and now there's an update on the valuable "Writer Beware" website. You can read the whole thing there, but here are few tidbits: The Better Business Bureau took away Tate Publishing's accreditation, after receiving... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Time to Write
If you write a book and it flops, wouldn't be great to get paid anyway? Unfortunately that's not the way it works for authors, but it worked just fine for Ron Boire, the former CEO of floundering book chain Barnes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Time to Write
In the same week I noticed two mix-ups of the words demure and demur: "The costumes ranged from the demur to the over-the-top." - Coachella Valley Weekly "But ask him about it and he'll demure." - Reader's Digest (!) Demure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Time to Write
IF DONALD TRUMP WERE A TRAGIC PROTAGONIST... If you were writing a drama in which you’d invented the character “Donald Trump” and all the events that are happening, how would you end his story? I can imagine two types of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Time to Write
I've seen a lot of promotion recently for courses that purport to show you how to make loads of money writing children's books and selling them on Amazon. One of them shows you have to use clip art or public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Time to Write
The five-hour rule refers to spending at least five hours a week on improving your skill, and it's something practiced by Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and other very successful people, according to an article at The article's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Time to Write
Pixar has the most consistent record of success of any current studio. Why is that? Songwriter and composer Randy Newman said this: "The Pixar people always emphasize that the characters in their films are adults and deal with adult emotions.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Time to Write
Did you know that people used to personalize their books by adding illustrations to them? Sometimes they drew or painted these or pasted in maps, engravings, letters, stamps, autographs or photographs. Just like now, somebody figured out how to monetize... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at Time to Write
Some vanity publishers offer to put your book on display at book fairs, like the London Book Fair, the LA Times Festival of Books, and the Miami Book Fair. Surely the people who organize those events check into the bonafides... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Time to Write
SO--WHAT? What's the origin of the practice of starting a sentence with the word "so," even when that sentence is not following on from anything? It's not totally new (there are examples in Chaucer and Shakespeare) but it has become... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Time to Write
When pitching a movie or a TV series, writers sometimes characterize their project as "X" meets "Y"--as in, "Romeo and Juliet" meets "Lord of the Flies." There's a new approach to books that might be described as "TV writing" meets... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Time to Write
How has an author recently raised over $1 million to fund the publishing of a book that tells the stories of 100 inspiring real-life women? The answer is Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site. Better known for raising money for tech gadgets,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Time to Write
I'm always interested in reading about how to beat procrastination. It's a great way to procrastinate but sometimes it also yields some helpful tips. At, life coach Kim Morgan suggests asking ourselves these questions about the things we are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Time to Write
This short film from The Atlantic magazine animates some of film director David Lynch's thoughts on creativity (recorded in 2008): Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Time to Write
Does your inner critic create fear that keeps you from doing things that could bring something worthwhile into the world? (Inner critic: "Ha! You?! Who do you think you are!?") Entering the Zone of Nothing can free you from this,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Time to Write