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Psychological Aspects of Writing
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With writing coach Jurgen Wolff



You know it, and I know it. Writers are just different. We face a variety of issues unknown to most people. What do we struggle with, and how can we rise to meet those challenges? This week's guest has some helpful advice for us.

Jurgen Wolff is a prolific writer and writing coach. In addition to teaching creativity techniques, he applies his own creativity to writing for television and film. He has written the feature film "The Real Howard Spitz" (starring Kelsey Grammer and Amanda Donohoe) and more than 100 hours of TV for series like "Benson," "Family Ties," "The Love Boat," and "Relic Hunter." He wrote two ABC TV movies for the Olsen Twins, the miniseries “Midnight Man” (starring Rob Lowe), and an original animated series, “Norman Normal.” He has also written award-winning short films for Walt Disney Productions.

Jurgen has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Times educational supplement, The Los Angeles Times, Rock magazine, Writer’s Digest, Leading Edge, The British-American, and Comedy Review. He was the publisher and editor of Brainstorm, the Creativity Newsletter, for ten years (it now continues as an online publication).

Jurgen's fiction has appeared in The London Evening News, Gent, Sprint, and The Readers Digest Schools Program. His books include Your Writing Coach (Nicholas Brealey, 2007); Do Something Different, published by Virgin Books; and Successful Sitcom Writing (St. Martin’s Press). He is co-author of Successful Scriptwriting and of Top Secrets: Screenwriting (Lone Eagle Books). He is also the author/narrator of the CD Power Trances.

Jurgen wrote 45 episodes in the “Moments of Terror” series for Capital Radio. His plays have been produced in London, New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen.

Jurgen teaches creativity workshops around the world for organizations like the Academy for Chief Executives, the University of Barcelona, the Pilots Programme, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and film schools in Cologne, Berlin, and Munich, and many others. He was a lecturer at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles.

Jurgen is a certified hypnotherapist and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) practitioner. He divides his time between London and Southern California.

Please join Jurgen and host Paula B. as they wrestle with:

  • Which psychological issues are most common among writers
  • How writers sabotage themselves
  • How to keep from falling into bad habits
  • Why we sometimes feel let down when we achieve a goal
  • How to handle friends who are envious or disparaging
  • How to make unpleasant tasks easier to tackle
  • How to decide when to give up.

Interviewee: Jurgen Wolff
Host: Paula B
Date: December 2, 2007
Running time: 01:07:40
File size:  32 megabytes
Rating: G
Jurgen Wolff's Web sites: Your Writing Coach; Time to Write; Jurgen's blog
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