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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’m sure you’ve heard that the way to tackle a big task is to turn it into small chunks. Good advice but I’ve found sometimes I do one or two of the small chunks, get distracted, and lose track of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2022 at Time to Write
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You always hear about how important it is for your protagonist to have a goal. That's true, but equally important is the "why" behind their goal. You'll create a better-defined and more compelling character if you also spent time coming... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2021 at Time to Write
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Halloween stories and horror movies are always about making people feel scared, but every kind of writing has the goal of making the reader or viewer feel something. Deciding what that is can help you develop your plot and characters.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2021 at Time to Write
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It's a fact of the writing life that at some point you will hate your project and will feel like giving up on it. It's important to know that this is natural--and not a reason to give up. This can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2021 at Time to Write
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I see a lot of motivational posters featuring somebody climbing a mountain. That's great, but some days the mountain is too high. Some days taking one step is all we can manage. Some days getting out of bed and putting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2021 at Time to Write
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The other day I ran across this quote from James Baldwin: "You've got to tell the world how to treat you. If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble." It reminded me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2021 at Time to Write
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It's very difficult to get networks or producers to look at an original TV series proposal unless you already have a track record in TV, but occasionally there are contests for new series proposals, called "bibles." If you're interested, this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2021 at Time to Write
"Six Minutes to Midnight" is a thriller movie starring and co-written by Eddie Izzard that tells the story of a girls' school in the period leading up to World War II. It's a great example of using a small world... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at Time to Write
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Are screenwriters allowed to have a voice or style? I say yes, and here's how to find yours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOLHBFi6ExA That's a link to a 13-minute video that guides you through the whole process--by the end, you'll know what your style... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2021 at Time to Write
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"The cat sat on the mat is not a story. The cat sat on the Dog's mat is a story." - John LeCarre Most stories have a central conflict. They have the cat and the dog fighting over the mat.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Time to Write
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In a previous post, I wrote about how the Oberlo Business Name Generator can be useful for coming up with a fictional name or a business that appears in your screenplay or novel. The same tool can be helpful if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Time to Write
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I've already posted about using the free Oberlo Business Name Generator to come up with the names of fictional businesses in your screenplay or novel, and for coming up with titles for a non-fiction book or newsletter. It's also a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2021 at Time to Write
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If you ever need a made-up business name for your screenplay or novel (e.g., the company for whom your protagonist works), try using the Oberlo Business Name Generator (it's free). All you have to do is type in one word... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2021 at Time to Write
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There are a few writing contests that garner major attention for the winners (for example, from agents, publishers, or producers) but for most competitions, the reward is the ego boost of winning and a sum of money. When deciding whether... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2021 at Time to Write
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Publisher Lee Goldberg recently related how an aspiring novelist responded when Goldberg sent him a polite rejection of his manuscript. The author wrote: "Keep printing the same redundant s**t, arrogant ass, just remember the title of this book, u will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at Time to Write
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"You have about ten minutes to act on an idea before it recedes back into dreamland so when you're excited about an idea, start writing about it immediately." -- Buckminster Fuller This is especially important if you have an idea... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Time to Write
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The pandemic has gotten in the way of many people's usual means of expressing their creativity. However, it has also prompted some of them to find alternatives. FROM THEATRE TO SCREEN The Salt Lake Acting Company was about to celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2020 at Time to Write
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It's easy to feel overcome with anxieties these days, and often that leads to writers block or just a lack of motivation. Arianna Huffington has a method that's worth trying. She called them joy triggers. Those are pictures, words, or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Time to Write
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How annoying is it when people tell you not to worry? Very, right? It's almost like saying, don't be so tall or so short. Simply willing yourself to stop sure isn't enough. However, I ran across an idea that might... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Time to Write
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A reader who published an article that attracted comments from a few trolls says he made the mistake of trying to argue with them and asked whether I have any advice on the best response--or whether it's better not to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at Time to Write
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It used to be acceptable to start your screenplay or novel with an extended introduction to the normal life of your protagonist before getting the actual story started. In the 19th Century, a lot of books started with the entire... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at Time to Write
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I ran across an older interview with J. K. Rowling the other day in which she recalled how she felt a week after she got her American deal for the first Harry Potter book. She told The Guardian: "...One of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at Time to Write
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The stigma of self-publishing and assisted publishing (in which you pay a publisher to produce your book) is long gone. Many good and successful books have been self-published both traditionally and as ebooks. But one thing that seems to have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Time to Write
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The problem with a lot of goals is that their rewards are off in the future. Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated when the prize is far off. To stay motivated, come up with a way to make your progress... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at Time to Write