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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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A study suggests that typing more slowly increases the quality of your writing. Study participants who typed with only one hand produced essays of a higher quality than when they used both hands. The study is published in the British... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Time to Write
A reader asked whether I know anything about a publisher called Emma Stern Publishing, which is open for submissions by writers. I’d never heard of them, but you can learn a lot by looking at a company’s website and doing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Time to Write
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Get ready to get creeped out when you go shopping. Content Marketing Insider reports that FARIS is coming. That stands for Fully Aware and Responsive In-Store technology. Very few in-store employees are fully aware and responsive, so could this be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Time to Write
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Want to write the next big blockbuster sci-fi or action movie, but you don't have a plot? I'm here to help. Just make a few choices, fill in a few blanks, and you're all set. When the (city/ country/ planet/... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Time to Write
A study published in the journal PNAS (Aucouturier et al., 2015) suggests that slightly changing the tone of your voice may make you feel happier...or does it? In the study, researchers let the subjects hear their voices in real time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Time to Write
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Here are the resolutions I'm making regarding the internet: I will not open any email that promises "insane" anything (e.g., "Insane results"). Likewise, any that promise a "weird trick" that will give amazing results. I will not click on any... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Time to Write
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Time for this year's final round-up of language or grammar mix-ups spotted here and there. First, the ever-dependable USA Today featured this headline: "Strangers Help Dog Get Home After Wandering a Thousand Miles" It's amazing those strangers had any energy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Time to Write
If you're a screenwriter who wants to get the attention of Hollywood, would it be a good idea to take out a big ad in the Hollywood Reporter? Most people would say no way, that would just identify you as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at Time to Write
Jason hasn't recovered yet from his gig as a department store Santa... manic santa from jurgen Wolff on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Time to Write
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I hope you're having some delicious Christmas treats... (Harrod's Christmas Window Display, 2015) Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Time to Write
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If you're travelling for the holidays, safe journey! (Harrod's Christmas window, 2015) Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Time to Write
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation) gave a scriptwriting masterclass in 2011, and this ibe-hour interview includes his account of how he creates his often offbeat material. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Time to Write
In this ten-minute video, screenwriter and director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) discusses the writing process, the need for discipline, and why he only writer things that scare him. His key point: Always write from your gut. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at Time to Write
John Truby has been one of the most popular screenwriting teachers over the past few decades--someday I'd like to see him face off with Robert McKee in a mud wrestling contest. In this ten-minute video, he gives his view of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Time to Write
David Goyer has written The Crow: City of Angels, the Blade series, and Batman Begins, among others. In this ten-minute interview he talks not only about the writing process but also pitching, hooking an actor's ego, and other practical elements... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Time to Write
More than any details of craft, it's essential in screenwriting (or any other kind of creative writing), to understand the difference between story and plot. Who better to clarify this distinction than highly-esteemed director, Martin Scorsese, in this short video: Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Time to Write
The UCLA's Richard Walter is one of the most respected screenwriting teachers, so I thought I'd kick off a series of screenwriting tips with this eleven-minute video from Film Courage: Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Time to Write
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Writing in The Stage, Mark Shenton gave this example of audience behavior in the theater: "An audience member at Sunny Afternoon last week told the London Evening Standard how he was "left fuming" when an usher asked him to stop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Time to Write
I see that somebody is selling a course for self-published authors on how to make "Hollywood-style" book trailers. I don't think that's a very good idea. Reading a book is a different process from watching a movie. A trailer is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Time to Write
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This can be a rough time of year for some people. If that's you, I'd like to encourage you to give yourself this gift: Be as kind to yourself as you are to your friends. Once a day or so,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Time to Write
Thanks, Neil, great ideas!
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A lot has been written in the past few years about the state of "flow," in which whatever you're doing seems to come to you effortlessly. I had a rare experience of it yesterday, on a ten-hour flight back to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Time to Write
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Have you ever come to the end of the year only to find that many of the things you intended to do somehow fell by the wayside and you're pretty much at the same point with them as you were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Time to Write
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"Meaningless quotes are nature's way of telling you to think for yourself." - Anonymous (all right, it was me) Spring.org.uk cited a study of quotes, featuring these from Deepak Chopra: “Attention and intention are the mechanics of Manifestation.” "Imagination is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at Time to Write