Your Writing Coach

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

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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 ever 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. The 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 e-books, as well as Getting Started guides for a range of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132 x 214 x 24mm | 322.05g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd edition
  • black & white tables
  • 1857885775
  • 9781857885774
  • 126,795

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Full of encouraging examples and practical tips, many of them more far-reaching than they seem at first glance. Financial Times With compassion, wit and the wisdom gleaned from a long and successful writing career, Jurgen Wolff guides you, step by step, on the inner and outer journey to writing success. An invaluable tool for the aspiring writer.' -- Robert Cochran, co-creator and executive producer, 24 'Your Writing Coach pays as much attention to writers as to what they write and should help seasoned pros as much as it will help beginners. Jurgen Wolff is wise and constructive when it comes to such issues as fear of failure, your inner critic, and rejection, as well as brainstorming and finding the conditions in which to work. Highly recommended. -- Julian Friedmann, writer's agent, Blake Friedmann, and editor, ScriptWriter magazine 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 This book is an antidote to the bad advice aspiring 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 Absorbing and inspiring, Your Writing Coach is destined to become an instant classic. Jurgen 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 Right through your career, from early ambitions to success as a published novelist, here is a book that will always be of help. Writing Magazineshow more

About Jürgen Wolff

Jurgen Wolff is a writer, teacher, NLP practitioner and the author of many books, including Your Writing Coach, Successful Scriptwriting (60,000 copies sold) Creativity Now!, Focus: the power of targeted thinking, Do Something Different as well as a dozen plays. A consistently successful screenwriter, Wolff has sat on the writing team on the hit TV series LOST and many other successful HBO projects. He has consulted to TV companies around the world (BBC, SKY, Columbia/Tri-Star)and written for newspapers including The Times. He holds creativity workshops around the world for organizations such as the Academy for Chief Executives, the University of Barcelona, the Pilots Programme, the Bertelsmann Foundation, film schools in Cologne, Berlin, and Munich, and many others. Born and educated in the US, Wolff now divides his time between London and more

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With compassion, wit and the wisdom gleaned from a long and successful writing career, Jurgen Wolff guides you, step by step, on the inner and outer journey to writing success. An invaluable tool for the aspiring writer.' Robert Cochran, co-creator and executive producer, 24show more

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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 more
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