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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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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 2 days ago 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
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Despite being aware of many productivity techniques, I still struggle sometimes with procrastination. Here's a little technique I've found helpful when I've been avoiding a simple task for some reason: Schedule procrastination by scheduling the task. Rather than saying, "I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Time to Write
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Especially when you're just getting started, learning how to be a good writer seems overwhelming. Even when you're experienced, if you're honest with yourself you know there's always room for improvement (I certainly do.). But how to go about addressing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Time to Write
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"Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make more art." --Andy Warhol Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Time to Write
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Top agent Jonny Geller, who represents John le Carre, among others, offers this writing tip on the Curtis Brown site: "Every character you write is living a moment in time and it must be true and real in the moment.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Time to Write
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Wired.com reported on a movie made by Artificial Intelligence (one called Benjamin). Here's an example of how Benjamin responded to the question, "What's next for you?": “The staff is divided by the train of the burning machine building with sweat.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Time to Write
In The Weekly Standard, John Podhertz gets it right about why the makers of Solo got Han Solo so wrong: "There’s no bad boy to Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han; he’s a boy scout who is determined to save the love... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Time to Write
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Once in a while I read about a successful writer who cheerfully declares, "I never know what's going to happen next, I just start writing and let the characters lead me." Please, can you send some of those characters my... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Time to Write
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Friends of mine are running an online charity auction for the Scouts and I've just donated a one-hour consultation. Here's a description: Get a One Hour Consultation with Jurgen Wolff, author of 9 books including "Creativity Now" and "Your Writing... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Time to Write
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Steven Spielberg has said that what gave him the courage to trust his creativity was a statement from his mentor Sid Sheinberg, at the time the head of Universal Studios. He told the 20-year-old Spielberg, "I will support you as... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Time to Write
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"Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer." Barbara Kingfisher Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Time to Write
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Two UK researchers have reported that taking a photo each day and posting it online improves wellbeing in the form of "self-care, community interaction, and the potential for reminiscence." Basically, looking for something different or interesting to photograph and post... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Time to Write
How do you construct a storyline that does justice to all the characters in a large ensemble? An extreme version of that problem confronted the writers of Avengers: Infinity War. One of the writers, Christopher Markus, described their solution in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Time to Write