Loveless likes writing songs about characters.
"Some of what I write is autobiographical," she said. "But I've known a lot of people who are pretty messed up."
Some days, she's her own favorite subject.
"I'm always looking to make my life a certain way so I'll have something to write about," she admitted.
Sometimes, she said, she'll exaggerate conflict with who she's dating. Relationships are always fertile ground for songwriting.
"But I'm not always the nicest person because of that."
Loveless said she's moving away from writing so much about herself and her personal life and is trying to focus more on the lives of others.
"I'd say my last album was more personal," she said. "This is less about me."
For her, the trick to writing about other people is simply to pay attention. Loveless said she keeps a journal, which she writes in every day.
"I'm always taking notes," she laughed. "It's a very self-absorbed process."
From her journal, she picks out the best parts. A lot of it has a ragged, world-weary quality to it.
"I wish I was better at writing funny things," she said.
But finding something to write about is seldom difficult for her. Sometimes, it lives right next-door.
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