The Brainwave Podcast with Gail Hulnick

The Brainwave Podcast with Gail Hulnick

Creativity. What happens in that charmed moment when a genius song, painting, book or film is born? On The Brainwave Podcast, Gail Hulnick interviews writers, composers, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and others about how, when, where, and why they fell in love with an idea. Subscribers to The Brainwave Premium Content "After the Idea" will hear creativity tips, advice on nurturing the muse, and practical, actionable suggestions for encouraging the creative flow.

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December 9, 2023 33 mins

The Imaginative Storm writing method urges you to Write What You Don't Know  and I was intrigued by this piece of advice which runs counter to the opposite tip, more commonly given.  
Poet James Navé is cofounder and coauthor of the book, which is the foundation for some of his workshops and writing retreats.
Navé is also the host of  Twice 5 Miles Radio and the author of 100 Days: Poems after Cancer.
It was 100 D...

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"Write what you know." That's one of the most familiar and common pieces of writing advice -- I probably heard it a hundred times when I was first starting out as a novelist.
There is a new book titled Write What You Don't Know  and its co-author, Allegra Huston, is an intriguing woman who began her own writing journey with a memoir, titled Love Child, and has since written other books that include a novel ...

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November 22, 2023 6 mins

The Brainwave Podcast is now producing new episodes, after an eight-month hiatus. We are also making some changes and details are provided in this episode.

The Brainwave Podcast with Gail Hulnick is presented by The WindWord Group Publishing & Media.

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In this interview with journalist / producer Rob Schwartz, I am discussing the origin of a book published posthumously by eminent sociology Morrie Schwartz, the subject of the bestselling book Tuesdays with Morrie.  WhenTuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom was published in the late '90s, its popularity exploded ... and it's still recommended and shared today. This new book shares Morrie's ideas about aging in a creati...

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In Hollywood today, they're buzzing with anticipation for the biggest event of the year, creatively and commercially. The Academy Awards will be given out and for the thousands of people whose fame, fortune, or livelihoods depend on the movies it's a bigger deal than the switch to Daylight Saving Time (which also happens today.)
On this bonus, solo episode of The Brainwave Podcast, Gail takes a look at some of the cre...

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This week on The Brainwave Podcast, my guest is author Frank Scalise, who has dozens of crime fiction novels in print as Frank Zafiro.
We talk about the origin of his pen names, the ways in which his career as a police officer have affected his novels, and the way that writers feel about their first book.

You can find out more about his work at http://www.frankzariro.com

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This time on The Brainwave Podcast, my guests are Hejsa and Alie Christensen, a mother-daughter writing duo who had their first novel published last year. Stealing John Hancock is published by Turnstone Press. I talked with Hejsa and Alie about the inspiration for the story, about people living through the nightmare of identity theft, and about their method of working together.

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On The Brainwave Podcast, I make a point of not stereotyping -- for any reason, and that includes age. Creativity in the arts  lives and blooms at a professional level in the minds of people of all ages. It is fascinating to find out about the influences and the sparks that start that process. This time, my guest is filmmaker Thomas Halle, the 23 year-old creator of an animated series titled The Not So Secret...

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"I create with AI". What does that mean? This month, the introduction of a new artificial intelligence tool called Chat GPT has writers debating the pros and cons of using AI tools in their work, and it's a controversy that visual artists are addressing, too. 
My guest this time is author/artist Tery Spataro who uses AI to make books and artwork.

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In 2022, Paul McCartney's lyrics were published in a fabulous hard-cover two-volume set, dedicated to his wife Nancy and his parents.
In 2023, The Lyrics is out in a paperback edition.
In this bonus episode of The Brainwave Podcast, Gail reviews the books.

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This time my guest is travel book writer Jacqueline Lambert, who has written and published five books about her life, traveling around Europe, living in a truck with her husband and four dogs. The latest is title To Hel in a Hound Cart: Journey to the Center of Europe. I talk with Jackie about the origin of her traveling lifestyle and her first travel memoir, about the pros and cons of living in a huge truck,...

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Where were you in '92? Wouldn't it be awesome if you could travel back in time to the 90s? First-time novelist Andy Frye, who works in a day job interviewing sports legends about their business endeavors for Forbes magazine, turned his imagination to that premise, decided to write a main character who is female, and set the story on the music scene. We talk about the day he got the idea, the way he ...

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The Man Who Invented Christmas is the title of a very popular holiday season movie starring Dan Stevens playing the role of Charles Dickens. It began its life as a book, written by New York Times best-selling author Les Standiford, who is also founding director of the Florida International University Creative Writing program in Miami. Les has written dozens of nonfiction books and novels, including the John D...

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In this episode of The Brainwave Podcast, Gail talks with French director Pierre Coffin about the development of his career as an animator, his work on the four films in the Despicable Me franchise, and the way the unique voices of the Minions were created.

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In Episode 75, Gail talks with a return guest on The Brainwave Podcast -- musician Ivan Bodley. She reached out to him when she wanted to talk about the creative moment that happens on stage when players and vocalists truly connect. Ivan is host of the podcast Am I Famous Yet? and author of Am I Famous Yet? Memoir of a Working Class Rock Star.
You can find out more about him at https://funkboynyc.wixsite...

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David-Matthew Barnes has published sixteen novels,  three collections of poetry, seven short stories, and more than seventy stage plays that have been performed in three languages in twelve countries. Gail talks to him today about his YA Christmas novel, The Everlasting Gift, about his stage and screenplays, about teaching creative writing, and about the author's voice. You can find out more about his wo...

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While we wait for the opportunity for Gail to interview Paul McCartney about the inspirations for his songs, we came upon the work of David Bedford of Liverpool, England, who has made it his life's second career to research the origin stories of the Beatles' songs and the Liverpool roots of their lives and music. Gail talks with David about the geography behind the well-known phrases of "Penny ...

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In this episode, Emmy-winning TV news producer/author/radio host talks with Gail about the origins of his show Martini Music, tells stories about Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Eartha Kitt, and reminisces about being a disc jockey.

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Gail was a guest on the Florida Writer Podcast and talked with host Alison Nissen about winning two of the Royal Palm Literary Awards the Florida Writers Association gives out, about the challenges of writing loglines or book descriptions, and about the fiction writing process.
You can check out the Florida Writer Podcast and the Florida Writers Association at https://floridawriters.org
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David Kirschner has produced, written or executive-produced some of the most famous family movies to come out of Hollywood in the past three decades. The most recent is Hocus Pocus 2, which is setting records on the Disney Plus channel and giving new life to the original, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimi. Gail talks with him about the original idea for Hocus Pocus, the intertwinin...

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