Useful Podcasts For Writers #writers #writerslife


Useful Podcasts For Writers

Podcasts are a wonderful free resource for writers. Over the past few months I have overhauled my writing life and my newfound love of podcasts has played a key role in this transformation.

Below are the podcasts that have helped me reach a happier creative place:

  1. MWF Motivation. Rob Dial, motivational author, speaker and coach presents this podcast and he has had a huge impact on my creative life. In the past I have struggled with writing motivation and wasted a lot of time whining about how tired I feel, how I have not achieved any of my goals and how I have been working on the wrong stuff. Rob has changed me!  I liken this podcast to a ‘stern talking to!” – you know when someone takes you aside, tells you to get a grip of yourself , to stop moaning and just get on with it?  This is basically what Rob does to me every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I need someone to do this to me or I will just end up lying on the sofa, stuffing Oreo biscuits into my mouth and whining! Its not a pretty sight!  
  2. How To Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black.  This is a fab podcast. Michael Ian Black interviews some of the most fascinating celebrities and asks them how they became amazing. The Elizabeth Gilbert interview is brilliant. It is a good podcast for writers because all these celebrities have overcome challenges, worked through their self doubt and put in the graft to become amazing. They never gave up on their dream. Good life lessons for writers.
  3. Beautiful Writers by Danielle LaPorte & Linda Sivertsen.  I love this podcast. Danielle and Linda interview some inspirational writers and there are some great writing best practices discussed. I love how they say a creative prayer before they start the interviews and the podcast sounds like we are all having coffee. This was the podcast which introduced me to Steven Pressfield and his book ‘The War of Art’ – a game changing book! So will always be grateful.
  4. The Creative Penn. I am so grateful to Sacha Black for recommending this podcast to me. It is such a valuable resource for writers. Joanna Penn is a warm and bubbly host who has so much writing experience to share. She also interviews some interesting writers. Well worth a listen to!
  5. The Lively Show by Jess Lively. This podcast is like a little burst of sunshine. It is not aimed specifically at writers but is designed to uplift and inspire. The episode about ‘when the flowing gets tough’ is good and useful for us writers when we are blocked creatively or are frustrated with our work.
  6. Writing Excuses by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler.  I could listen to this all day!  It is funny, insightful and full of useful writing stuff. The episode on ‘Stakes’ is really good and makes you think about what keeps your character in the game. The best thing about this podcast is that they give literary examples to support their ideas and techniques.
  7. BleedingInk with J.S Leonard.  This podcast is aimed at the indie author and is packed full of useful info, tips and interviews. Some good marketing tips on this podcast.

I hope you will find the time to check out one of two of these podcasts.

Let me know if you are listening to any great podcasts?

Have a great day!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❀️

72 thoughts on “Useful Podcasts For Writers #writers #writerslife

  1. I’ll certainly be checking these out, Lucy. The only thing I listen to regularly are the New Yorker podcasts, where writers choose a short story from the archives to read and comment on. A lot of good stuff there

  2. Thank you for sharing these; I love the Creative Penn so I’m glad to see that here, but the others I need to add to my list (I occasionally feature some of my favorite podcasts on my blog in a list like yours). I have been really enjoying the Lit Up podcast and The Librarian Is In (a New York Public Library podcast) lately and definitely recommend them! πŸ™‚

  3. I think podcasts are lazy. It’s like listening to an audio book – why would you? Words mean more. Especially if the podcaster has an annoying voice. At least with words you can make up your own voice. Also, people who say they are good for when they are driving. No, it’s distracting. However, each to their own just not for me.

      1. Personally I think they have secret hidden subliminal messages which we are not aware of. They are the devils medium πŸ™‚

      1. France is paradise in my book. Yes, we are well aware of the goings on over there. As you can imagine I have a few neighbours who are from their and many appear as if they just had all their breath knocked out of them.

      2. While friends told me “It can’t happen”, I wondered. I have a friend in London who keeps a flat over here, I look after it while she is away. She did tell me it wouldn’t happen but hasn’t had anything to say today. Not being from there (although half my family was) I can only imagine. Bonne chance mon amie! LΓ©a

      3. In the States, nobody could believe Bush got in but “It isn’t who votes that counts. It’s who counts the votes.” – Joseph Stalin

  4. My “Day Job” gives me a lot of downtime, but not always time I can use for writing. Therefore I’ve found podcasts to be very useful to pass the time and learn something, maybe even discover something about writing! This list is very helpful as my favorite has just come to an end, “Fanboys on Fiction”. I loved this show and it was usually only around 20 minutes long. The first 3 years are the best as this past year they started using a different format, but I’ve re-listened to the older episodes repeatedly.

  5. Hehe, I recommended The Creative Penn to Sacha!

    I also recommend The Writer Files if you’re interested in just hearing other writers, but The Self Publishing Formula and The Sell More Books Show are both good if you’re into the business of publishing too.

  6. Reblogged this on Flaggfan and commented:
    Do you struggle to get motivated to writer? If you’re anything like me, story ideas and getting started are like my high, and when I crash, I crash HARD. Afterward, it’s very difficult to regain that momentum and faith in myself. It’s almost impossible, really.

    So I thought I’d pass these podcasts on, in the hopes of helping someone, and to bring some joy.

      1. I deleted the post, sorry – but intend to post it tomorrow. Just didn’t want to post too much in one day πŸ™‚ You should see a link tomorrow.

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