Whether we’ve been writing for years or just starting out, we’re always learning. There are many ways we take in information, from reading books and blog posts to watching YouTube videos or listening to audiobooks, but have you thought of podcasts.
Podcasts have been around for a few years now, covering just about every subject you can think of, including writing.
No matter what you write, there is a podcast for you.1`de
In this post, I am going to share with you the podcasts I think every writer should listen to no matter where they are in their career or what they write.
If you are looking for a podcast that shares more than just writing prose, #amwriting with Jess and KJ is perfect. Hosted by Jessica Lahey and KJ Dell’Antonio who have both written for The New York Times. They share their own experiences of blogging, writing non-fiction, publishing non-fiction books and pitching articles to newspapers and magazines. Alongside all of this, they have interviews with authors and agents. Their main aim is to help you ‘get your butt in the chair and you’re head in the game’ and get the writing done. Each episode lasts about 25 minutes. iTunes
If you aren’t afraid of a few f-bombs, then this funny yet very informative podcasts is for all you fiction writers. The Dead Robots’ Society is hosted by Paul E Cooley and Terry Mixon. They talk about a great mix of topics, including book reviews, contracts, self-publishing and conventions. This is the one podcast I will listen to when I’m stuck in a rut or just need to escape from the monotony of day-to-day writing as I know it will cheer me up. Just a quick note on the length of this podcast, some episodes stretch over an hour but are so worth it. iTunes
The Whole Truth
This one is primarily for all you sci-fi writers out there but Mur also covers subjects like conventions, the act of actually getting the writing done and mental health. I Should Be Writing is a refreshing podcast that tells it like it is. These short episodes also cover areas like publishing, collaborations, screenwriting, and author interviews. I like Mur’s approach, so if you want to hear a realistic account of being a writer, tune in. Episodes last around 30 minutes iTunes
The three podcasts I’ve shared above are all based in the USA which does add a different angle and some of the information they share isn’t relevant to us writers here in the UK. One podcast I do listen to which is based in the UK is The Creative Penn. Joanna is a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction books and really knows her stuff. She mainly talks about self-publishing but also has some great interviews with authors as well as other writing entrepreneurs. I find this blog is more about the business of writing rather than the craft. Episodes last up to 1 hour. iTunes
This podcast isn’t specifically about writing but it is one of those listens that inspires and gives a great insight into the world of the author. BBC Radio 4 Books and Author’s Podcast is a great mix of both book reviews and author interviews. There are two different episodes on this podcast, one is celebrities sharing their favourite books and the other is talking to the authors about their books and writing experience. Episodes last 30 minutes. iTunes