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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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I just read an article about Stephen King's new book, The Institute. The person who wrote the article admires King's novels but in this one he got to chapter 7 and there was still no story. The Amazon blurb for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Time to Write
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Actually, nobody IS watching. So for your first draft, feel free to be as clumsy, daring, or crazy as you like. Put it aside for a while. Then look at it. What were you thinking!? That's TOO crazy! Or it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Time to Write
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The web is full of good advice. It's also full of bad advice. Here's some bad screenwriting advice: "Quite frankly, Hollywood people don't like to read; the first time they see so much as a simple metaphor in your scene... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Time to Write
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The internet is full of tips on how to learn from [name of successful person]. The implication is that if you just do things their way, you'll have their success. Usually, these tips are too general to be useful. Things... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Time to Write
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One of my favorite brainstorming strategies is imagining how another person might solve the problem or approach the task. I'll give you a personal example. I'm thinking of writing a film or play about how political polarization affects a family,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Time to Write
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Sometimes when I'm supposed to be doing something, I find I'm drawn to doing something else--usually something easier and less important. Entrepreneur and writer Peter Gasca discussed a similar problem in an interview on Inc.com: "I am mostly too organized,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Time to Write
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A man who's collected 21,000 rejections? What a loser, right? Nope, very, very wrong. Jacob M. Appel is a doctor, lawyer, bioethicist, author, professor, and tour guide. He has seven master's degrees, a JD from Harvard Law School, an MD,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Time to Write
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Some people never get around to writing because they don't know whether their idea is good enough to succeed in the marketplace. Welcome to the club! Every book, poem, short story, and screenplay is a gamble. Even the top publishers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Time to Write
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An excuse that sometimes comes up for not writing is that you have so many ideas and you can't decide which one to write. First, congratulations on having a lot of ideas! There are two main criteria for deciding which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Time to Write
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One of the most common reasons that comes up when people say they want to write but they aren't is "I don't have time." Really? Do you watch TV, go to the movies, use social media? I’m not saying you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Time to Write
The logline for a film is supposed to get you interested in seeing the movie. Today I saw the least compelling one ever: Raindance Festival: "Egor, a fearless state forest guard living in the Siberian Taiga, lives a happy life... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Time to Write
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Science proved what we probably suspected all along: you can get addicted to information in the same way you can get addicted to junk food. ScienceDaily reports: "A new study by researchers at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Time to Write
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We tend to think the payoff for writing a book is getting it into the hands of readers, and the payoff for writing screenplays is seeing your work on a screen, small or large. That's not wrong, especially if you're... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Time to Write
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When I was a student of Danny Simon (Neil's brother and a very successful TV writer) one of his maxims was, "Don't go for the joke!" This may seem like strange advice from a comedy writer, but what he meant... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Time to Write
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There’s no question about it, even though technology was supposed to make life easier and give us more time, the demands on us are escalating. Making the time to do something that is important to you, like writing the screenplay... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Time to Write
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On your road to success as a screenwriter, you’re going to have to convince a lot of people that what you’re doing is worthwhile. The same is true for almost any other profession. If you're a screenwriter, how you speak... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Time to Write
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Martin Scorses's film of a Bob Dylan concert, "Rolling Thunder Revue," looks like a typical music documentary, but as Indiewire points out, it's not. Fictional characters are mixed in with real people in order to provide context...and also just for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Time to Write
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Screenwriter Scott Meyers suggests boiling the story of your screenplay down into six words. If you can't do that, he says, you don't have a story. Sometimes I really resist the idea that everything should be simple, but he has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Time to Write
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Getting rejected is a normal part of every screenwriter's life but it can make it difficult to stay motivated. Fortunately, cognitive therapy offers a lot of useful tools for making sure we don't let rejection affect us negatively. Here are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Time to Write
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I received an email today that featured an inspiration story: A marine biologist puts a shark in a big tank with smaller fish. The shark eats the fish. Then the marine biologist puts a plexiglass barrier between the shark and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Time to Write
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ISSUU is a site where you can access a huge number of books and magazines. The problem is that many of them have been uploaded without the authorization of the author or publisher. What do the people posting your book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Time to Write
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Drawing from Within: Unleashing Your Creative Potential is a book by Nick Meglin that has a lot of great thoughts about drawing that apply equally to writing: "We make the mistake of looking outside ourselves for validation of what is,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Time to Write
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How do you get to know your characters well enough to feel confident writing what they do and say? The great director Federico Fellini had a particular method. He said, "Some people get a quick handle on things by means... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Time to Write
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It's easy to expend a lot of energy worrying about whether what you're working on will be a success. I've done it and I'm sure I'll do it again, but it's wasted energy. It can even lead to writer's block.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Time to Write
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My favorite brainstorming method is combining the thing I want to get ideas for and random words. THE FORCED ASSOCIATION METHOD Here's how to do it: First generate a list of whatever words pop into your mind as you go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Time to Write