I love podcasts. They allow me to learn and grow as a writer, without having to invest additional time or money. I just download them from my free app and listen to them as I go about my day. Pretty nifty, right?!
I listen to them when I’m cooking, cleaning, walking the dog (little Trixie Bix) and working out at the gym. It makes these mindless tasks more enjoyable and helps me absorb great, informative content even with a busy schedule.
Okay, that’s enough. I feel like I’m advertising iTunes or something now. I’m not, by the way, I’m just really excited. I know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of podcasts out there, so I’d thought I’d share my top picks for writers.
I’m going to kick off this list my favourite podcast. If you only have time to listen to one podcast, this should be it. Writing Excuses is hosted by Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler and Mary Robinette Kowal — so you just know it’s going to be loaded with great advice.
Each season covers a general topic, including characters, worldbuilding, plot, etc. Each episode within that season delves deeper into a specific aspect of that general topic — there’s an episode dedicated to political systems in the worldbuilding season, for example.
The listening is fast-paced, each episode is just 15-25 minutes long, but is chock-full of advice for both new and experienced writers.
On days where I cannot find the motivation to write, I like to listen to an episode of Writing Excuses. By the end of the episode, I’ve often learnt something new that I’m excited to try in my own work.
Self-Publishing Formula with Mark Dawson
Even if you don’t plan on self-publishing your work, the Self-Publishing Formula podcast is well worth a listen. Each week, best-selling author Mark Dawson and writer James Biatch talk about writing, marketing and more.
While many of the episodes in this podcast do focus on marketing for self-published authors, you will easily be able to find an episode that interests you.
My favourite episodes are the interviews with best-selling indie authors, many of which share their biggest and best writing tips. Each episode is around one hour long, so they are loaded with informative content.
The final podcast to make my list is Write Now, hosted by Sarah Werner. This podcast is a little different from the others on the list. It’s different because it does not aim to improve your writing skills. Instead, Sara talks about creative living, balancing life and writing, as well as the whirlwind of emotions that come from being a creative soul.
Many of the episodes were recorded while Sarah was working on her audio drama ‘Girl in Space’, which became a hit on iTunes. In these episodes, you hear her talk about her struggles, doubts and fears. These are among my favourite episodes because, in addition to being inspiring, they also serve as a reminder that you’re not the only writer who fears failure.
Got any other great podcasts for writers? Make sure to share them in the comments.
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