Nick Flora is an alterna-pop singer/songwriter out of Nashville who’s been writing songs and touring full time for close to a decade. I’ve been telling Nick for months that I wanted to do an interview with him about songwriting, and I finally emailed him some questions last week. He responded within five minutes, and I was like, “Wow! Note to self: Nick can fill out an interview … Continue reading An Interview with Nick Flora, the Self-Appointed King of Sarcastic Charm
I’ve devoted a post to this word before, but after the insanity that is #PitchWars, I thought it might be helpful to offer a little refresher. Here goes. What’s your favorite movie of all time? WRONG. It’s Tombstone. I don’t understand why Starbucks sells hot chocolate. I can’t believe some people actually think Mockingjay made any sense at all in relation to The … Continue reading Subjectivity.
Ben Folds is one of my favorite artists of all time. A lot of people are familiar with him because of his mainstream hit, Brick, from the late 90s. If that’s all you know of him, PLEASE dig deeper. He’s an incredible musician and songwriter, and his songs have fantastic lines such as: “Make me feel tiny if it makes you feel tall, but there’s … Continue reading Be Somebody’s Ben Folds
We all know the One Hit Wonder, right? It’s a term typically used to describe a recording artist known for only one hit song. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby, Eddie Murphy – Party All the Time, Eiffel 65 – Blue (I hate myself a little for even thinking of that song), Macy Gray – I Try, James Blunt – You’re Beautiful…you get the idea. … Continue reading Pondering the One Hit Wonder
Usually, when I sit down to write a story, I have a pretty good idea of who my characters are. I know their names, I know their personalities, I know what their general roles are in the story. But they don’t become REAL to me until I figure out what it is that makes them different from every other character in every other book. … Continue reading Creating Memorable Characters
(Sections of this post were taken from the post I wrote on this same day a year ago.) My desk was loaded with folders, a stack that grew by the day. I was supposed to file them, but it was the task I put off the most. I didn’t want to stuff folders in drawers. I wanted to write journal articles and press releases, which … Continue reading September 11, 2001
We all know that, in my opinion, music is as important a part of the writing process as pen and paper (or, you know, fingers and a laptop). Whenever someone is stuck on a scene, I tell them to make a new playlist. The other day, that suggestion was met with the following reply, “I don’t know how to make a playlist.” STUNNED, you guys. … Continue reading Creating Writing Playlists: Where to Start?
When it comes to music, there’s little I don’t like. My iTunes library is pretty diverse–from Chopin to Metallica to Tone Loc to Brad Paisley to She & Him to Taylor Swift to…..you get the idea. All genres, all decades, etc. I just. like. music. Whatever mood I’m in, I want a soundtrack for it. I like to feel my feels, guys. And as … Continue reading Five Singer-Songwriters You Should Love (Because I Do)
I’m one of those people who’s wanted to be a writer since I was old enough to understand what it meant. Throughout my childhood, I wrote story after story and shared them with everyone I could. And then I stopped. I mean, I wrote all sorts of dramatic emo journal entries and some pretty terrible, angst-filled poetry throughout my high school years. But stories? No … Continue reading I’m a Bust a Move Kind of Writer
Wedding season is in full swing, and I want to share my favorite wedding story with all of you. I tell this story to every single bride-to-be I come into contact with as a reminder that even if your wedding day isn’t perfect, that doesn’t mean your marriage can’t be. July 10, 2004 was a beautiful day. Aside from the sweltering heat, the weather was … Continue reading My Favorite Wedding Story