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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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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 5 hours ago 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 6 days ago 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
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