What’s not to love about podcasts? They’re free, portable, and are a great way of getting a dose of inspiration and entertainment into your day, all whilst doing something ordinary and necessary, like driving to work, or exercising, or walking the dog.
You can find podcasts on pretty much any topic, but my personal favourites all tend to revolve around the craft of writing, and I can definitely vouch for the fact that they’re an incredible resource for any budding writer! Therefore I thought I’d post a list of my five favourites, some of which I’ve undoubtedly mentioned many times before, and others that are more recent discoveries:
- The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn
I’ve definitely mentioned this one a few times, but with good reason!
Joanna Penn is a self-published thriller author and blogger over at The Creative Penn (another incredible resource for writers), and her weekly podcast is chock full of great advice about the craft of writing, the business side of being an author, self-publishing and book marketing. Each episode includes a lively interview with a different writer, blogger, or publishing industry professional, as well as the latest news in publishing and writing, which is useful for helping you keep your finger on the pulse as a writer.
- Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
This one is a very recent discovery, but I’ve been enjoying it so much I’ve been binge listening to the backlist. I really love the format of this one: Elizabeth Gilbert (yes, that’s the writer of Eat Prey Love and Big Magic) interviews someone experiencing some kind of creative problem at the beginning of the episode, which she then attempts to help them work through with the help of some of her writer friends. Some of the advice she gives people can be a little bit airy-fairy for my taste, but for the most part it’s a really inspiring podcast!
- Ctrl Alt Delete with Emma Gannon
This one isn’t specifically about writing, but does touch on it a lot, as Emma Gannon interviews someone in each episode who makes some kind of living online, whether they’re an author, blogger, Youtuber, illustrator or TV presenter. She’s interviewed everyone from Lena Dunham and Sophie Kinsella, to Zoella and Cheryl Strayed, and always manages to make it feel like you’re just listening in on a fun, but incredibly inspiring chat between friends!
- Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Taylor and Dan Wells.
This is another recent discovery, and I really couldn’t believe I’d gone all this time not knowing that Brandon Sanderson does a podcast!
Writing Excuses is formatted into short, bite-sized episodes (around 20 minutes each) in which one writing topic is covered. It has a really ‘nuts and bolts’ approach to writing, talking in depths about very specific aspects of the craft (pace, narration, chapters, point-of-view etc.) and they even give you some little homework tasks at the end to help you work on the topic that they’ve been talking about!
- The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins
The Portfolio Life is a podcast created by writer and blogger Jeff Goins, and is all about helping you ‘find the work you were born to do’, and getting people creating. In each episode Jeff interviews a writer, blogger or other creator around topics as varied as finding your voice, building your audience, creative thinking and finding your calling.
So do you listen to any of these podcasts? Are there any others you would recommend?