Your Writing Coach: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication

Your Writing Coach: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication

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By (author) Jürgen Wolff

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  • Publisher: NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 214mm x 24mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857885775
  • ISBN 13: 9781857885774
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 176,929

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Have you always wanted to write a book, short story or screenplay but never quite known where to start? Do you worry you won't be able to think of a plot, or create vivid characters, or find the time? Whatever is stopping you from becoming a writer, YOUR WRITING COACH has the answers. It will guide you even after you've finished your writing project by showing you how to get an agent and how to market what you've written. Jurgen Wolff is highly qualified to be your writing coach. He is a successful author with experience in feature films, television, radio, books, newspapers, plays - and credits from Hollywood to the BBC. This book covers not only the craft of writing, but also how to overcome procrastination, get and stay motivated, and banish writer's block by transforming your harsh inner critic into a constructive inner guide. This new edition includes up-to-date information and guidance on social media and eBooks, as well as 'Getting Started' guides for a range of projects. With exercises, quotes, examples and methods drawn from a variety of disciplines, YOUR WRITING COACH reveals how to grab and hold the reader's attention, how to create plots and craft characters, how to decide whether to self-publish and how to market yourself and your work using new media. You'll also find unique chapter bonuses at the website www.YourWritingCoach.com, including interviews with writers, producers and agents. No other book on writing offers such a wide-ranging and practical coaching approach. NO MORE EXCUSES - YOUR TIME TO WRITE IS NOW.

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Jurgen Wolff is a writer, teacher and the author of ten books, including this book's companion YOUR CREATIVE WRITING MASTERCLASS, as well as SUCCESSFUL SCRIPTWRITING (60,000 copies sold), TOP SECRETS: SCREENWRITING CREATIVITY NOW! and SUCCESSFUL SITCOM WRITING. In addition to his dozen plays, his film and television credits include MIDNIGHT MAN starring Rob Lowe., THE REAL HOWARD SPITZ starring Kelsey Grammar and Amanda Donohoe, the animated series NORMAN NORMAL and many more. Wolff is a graduate of Stanford University and has taught at the University of Southern California and at private workshops around the world.

Customer reviews

By John Smithee 13 May 2012 5

This is the first how-to writing book I've read and as such, I can't compare it to anything. I'm about to start a creative writing course so wanted something inspiring and helpful before I started. Your Writing Coach caught my eye and I finished it within a day.

Your Writing Coach is essentially a short overview on almost everything the writer has to consider -- the techniques of writing, such as how to create and use plot, characters, setting and point-of-view, and the more general aspects of writing, like how to inspire yourself, how to find out what you want to write, how to get published, how to fit your writing time in your schedule, etc. I'm struggling to think of something it doesn't cover. It doesn't mention poetry and short stories very often, it is stronger in information about novels and scripts.

It's very focused on positivity, encouragement and aiding you with the emotional problems that make you want to give up the dream; after reading it, I felt as if I had the encouragement to just do it and start my writing career. It contains several useful exercises to both improve your technique and to inspire yourself into ideas and writing them down, shown by many examples both of Wolff's experience and work and of quotes and writings of bestselling authors. I have tried out some of these exercises and they alone are worth the price of the book. One thing that has to be said about this book is that Wolff genuinely seems to want to help and insire you.

However, it has its flaws. The drawback of covering nearly everything is that it tends to skim over nearly everything; it only really devotes a few pages to each individual topic and some chapters seem to consist mainly of examples which may not be useful. Another flaw is how it covers almost all forms of writing. Although this is good for the writer who doesn't know what they want to write or wants to dip into several forms, it can get too general. Because of the nature of the book, many examples can be fairly useless because they deal with a topic or form you have no interest in -- for example, I am interested in writing fantasy novels, so some of the topics that dealt mainly or purely with scriptwriting or focused on particular fiction topics like crime novels weren't too helpful. That said, they can be applied to your own interests.

It is a good, handy, well-organised book that covers a remarkable amount of topics, but it can be too generalised and basic at times. It would be a good addition to most writers, but it may not be what you're looking for. If you're fairly knowledgable in the craft and practice of writing, its primary use may be just reinforcements and reminders of what you already know. If you're looking for a book that deals strictly with the nuts-and-bolts of actual writing, it may not be too useful, as it tends to skim over those aspects. If you're adamant that you want to write one particular genre in one particular form, you may want something more specific.

In essence; inspiring, useful and highly recommendable for a broad overview, but it may not quite be what you're looking for.

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'He's full of encouraging examples and practical tips, many of them more far-reaching than they seem at first glance. Wolff suggests a number of ways to get the imagination going, such as his 'What if?' exercise.' --Financial Times 'The real genius of this book is its accessibility to writers of all personalities and genres. Logic and good business practices meet creativity and self-exploration in these 248 pages, leading writers down a path of personalized success. The title is apt: Jurgen Wolff's engaging style ensures that his encouragement will be echoing in writers' ears for years to come.' --Anastasia K. Bond, Oregon Writers' Colony newsletter 'This book is the real deal - no fluff or padding, just concentrated insider knowledge. By far the best book on writing I have read.' -Rupert Widdicombe, writer and journalist 'Absorbing and inspiring, YOUR WRITING COACH is destined to become an instant classic. Wolff's treasure trove of advice and insider secrets will prove to be an indispensable friend to all those who aspire to the writing life.' --Amanda Barry Hirst, author of PR POWER 'This book is an antidote to the bad advice writers are often given. There are only two books on writing I recommend - Stephen King's and this one.' --William F. Owen, author of BLACKFOOT IS MISSING 'This book will help you find the insights of the writing craft. Pick it up and let it guide you to success.' --Xavier Koller, Academy Award-winning director, JOURNEY OF HOPE 'Jurgen Wolff demystifies the writing process in a series of easy-to-understand steps guaranteed to make you a better writer.' --Phil Doran, author of the bestselling THE RELUCTANT TUSCAN