The 5 greatest podcasts for writers

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Podcasts are the best. Especially those about writing, because they provide so much information. Better yet, you can listen to a podcast while commuting, walking or cleaning. Here are 5 of the greatest podcasts for writers out there!

There are a lot of different podcasts to choose from. There is most certainly no dearth of information out there. Still it’s important to listen to those that are actually worth the effort. As there are so many options to choose from, it can be hard to pick the one you want to devote your time to. So… here’s a list of some of the podcasts that I’ve listened to and thought of as greatly helpful.

1. The Writing Excuses podcast

Writing Excuses podcastTaking the stage is most definitely Writing Excuses. This was the very first podcast I ever listen to. You can jump in at any time, does every episode deals with different part of storytelling.

Writing excuses focuses mainly on genre fiction. That’s not surprising considering the contributors consist of Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Taylor and Dan Wells. These are all wonderful genre writers.

What I love the most about this podcast is that each episode is only 15 minutes long. Well… That’s what they aim for at least. Still, it’s a nice short podcast that is consciously created so we can listen to it whenever we can find the time.

2. The Writer Files podcast

Do you want to know what it is like to be a writer? Enter The Writer Files. This podcasts delves into the routines of writers. It often does so by interviewing many different authors, so you get to learn from the sources themselves.

Kelton Reid asks just the right questions and brings us into the mind of the author. Not just any author either. Think of award-winning writers, such as Andy Weir (The Martian) and Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love­).

3. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing podcast

Grammar girl podcastYou’ve got to love the name Mignon Fogarty gave to her podcast. Quick and dirty, alright. Her podcasts are roughly 15 minutes long as well (and they really are).

Don’t look for Grammar Girl for specific storytelling insight. She gives some, but it’s not really what she specialises in. Rather, listen to her for improving your English. I’m talking nit-picking. Oh, the joy!

She takes different topics for her podcasts and really gets into the details of a specific word or saying. She digs through the origins of language and talks about the history of words as well as how it is used throughout the centuries.

4. The Portfolio Life podcast

If you’re looking for some more inspiration as a writer, then The Portfolio Life is your kind of podcast. Jeff Goins, a bestselling author, does not so much focus on the technicalities of writing, but more of the why one should go after their dream.

The Portfolio Life is all about why artists do what they do. That’s the notion. From there he takes the concept of a portfolio, rather than a job. It’s all about embracing the different tasks that life throws your way and finding those tasks that you love. It’s really quite a neat podcast for writers who are looking at finding their way.

5. Self-Publishing Podcast

The Self-Publishing podcastSelf-publishing has become a booming business over the years. Doing self-publishing right is a different matter though. Listening to the Self-Publishing Podcast might offer some respite and bring you where you want to be.

This podcast doesn’t so much talk about the art of writing, but it gets down to business. They talk about what it means to be an entrepreneur as a writer. The Self-Publishing Podcast offers a wealth of information for strategies on how to get your book out there by self-publishing.

Do you listen to podcasts? What is it that you’ve been listening to?

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