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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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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
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The best place to write is wherever you feel most inspired and productive, but there's a good case for trying writing or brainstorming in your nearest nice park. According to Science Daily: "Taking at least 20 minutes out of your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Time to Write
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There are lots of ways to make a screenplay character three-dimensional, and one is using symbols. Of course if the symbols are too on the nose they can detract, but here's an example of a subtle one: Actor Paul Scheer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Time to Write
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We love stories. Even false ones. Sometimes especially false ones. As great as that is for writers of fiction, it can be dangerous in real life. THE STORY Case in point: a video spread via Twitter in which a man... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Time to Write
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You've probably had the experience of suddenly having a seemingly great idea pop up in the middle of the night, while you're in the shower, or just walking down the street. Eureka! This idea is going to make you a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at Time to Write
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"Beautiful Boy" was a well-acted and generally well-made film that earned Amazon Studios some critical plaudits but didn't do too well at the box office. With an estimated budget of $25 million, its worldwide earnings were just over $8 million.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Time to Write
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It's always interesting to read the screenplays of the Oscar-nominated films. For writers, I think it's especially useful to read the script first. When you see the film, compare how you imagined it with how it was executed. The Slate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at Time to Write
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2018 was a rough year for a lot of people, but optimism at the start of a New Year is always the triumph of hope over experience-- which is as it should be! You never know, maybe this year we'll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Time to Write
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Can you write dialogue that sounds improvised? Should you? Eric Roth, co-writer of the current version of "A Star is Born," talks about how he abandoned his usual approach to writing dialogue: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/eric-roth-having-mindset-writing-a-star-is-born-1161322 I saw the film recently, and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Time to Write
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Our prejudices--our tendency to pre-judge people--can be pernicious in real life, but you can use it to your advantage when creating characters for your fiction. A study at the University of Texas at Dallas found that our first impression of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Time to Write
Beware if your book is successful on Amazon, it may become the target of very well organized plagiarists. Fitness expert Ari Whitten described how he was ripped off within a very short time of the release of his book on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at Time to Write
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You know how it goes in romance novels or movies: They hear about each other and they mock each other. But then they meet. They realize they were wrong. They fall in love! Familiar, yet fresh each time because the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Time to Write
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If you're a writer, artist, or other creative type and need a little inspiration, click on the link below to see an amazing animation of the middle panel of Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights"--be sure to watch it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Time to Write
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Anita Loos was one of the most successful screenwriters, authors, and playwrights of the 20th century. She and husband John Emerson wrote a book called, How to Write Screenplays, published in 1921. It included this advice, which applies equally to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Time to Write
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There are a few bits of writing advice that I run across a lot that I think are bogus and may be damaging your confidence: "You must write every day." It's great if you do write every day, but there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Time to Write
I am again teaching my Script Coach workshop for Raindance. the next session is on Monday November 5, and there's one more after that on Monday evenings. The topics: Nov 5: Gaining confidence and overcoming blocks Nov 12 5: Guerrilla... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Time to Write
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How can you tell whether your idea for a screenplay or novel will interest anyone? The other day I taught a 'taster' session for my Script Coach workshop that's running again at Raindance in Central London starting on October 15,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Time to Write
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First, thank you for reading this blog. A new study reveals the power of saying 'thank you,' for both the person who says it and the receipient. Here's how the experiment was reported in Science Daily: "Published in Psychological Science,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Time to Write
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Maybe you've run across the idea that it takes 21 days for a new behavior to become a habit. It's all over personal development scene. Maybe you've tried it and found it didn't work for you (I have). There's a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Time to Write
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What makes a character (or a real person) interesting? An article on Ozy.com reveals, "For filmmakers Elizabeth Delaune Warren and Danya Abt, quirk is key. The eccentricities and complexities that drive people also drive their documentary filmmaking. 'You take someone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Time to Write
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This is one of my favorite misspellings recently: "While this quaint little monster movie doesn't quite manage to eek its potential out for its whole duration..." What the reviewer meant was eke (although he may have said eek! during the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Time to Write