Let’s face it: while most of us would love to press the pause button in our daily lives so we can attend that writing workshop or writing retreat, for many writers, this isn’t so realistic.
Podcasts are as helpful as writing workshops themselves in many ways – they give you advice on character, plot, grammar, and so much more. But which podcasts are the best ones to listen to?
Take a look at these 10 best podcasts for writers:
1. Grammar Girl Quick And Dirty Tips For Better Writing
You can listen to writing advice all day, but without the mechanics of basic writing style, spelling, and grammar, you’re not going to get very far. Grammar Girl gives a ton of great tips on voice, structure, storytelling, and so much more.
2. So You Want To Be A Writer
Co-hosted by successful journalists and authors Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, this is the ultimate podcast for every type of writer. So You Want To Be A Writer brings you the latest in the world of writing, blogging, and publishing. Whether you love Elizabeth Gilbert’s creative inspiration or Tim Ferriss’ life hacking non-fiction, you’ll find it all here.
3. Beautiful Writers Podcast
Writer Lind Silversten hosts an ongoing, in-depth conversation on writing, publishing, creativity, and much more. Her podcast features tons of beloved bestselling authors and creatives including Arianna Huffington, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Tom Hanks. Every episode includes advice and personal stories from each author and creative.
4. Write Now With Sarah Werner
Balance is not something which comes easily for a writer, but this can change. Write Now hosted by Sarah Werner will help you find the necessary healthy work/life/writing balance. This podcast is filled with encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration. Write Now will fuel your passion and will put you more in control of all the things you have to juggle in your day.
5. Helping Writers Become Authors
With this podcast, you can learn how to write a book and edit it into a story that agents will invest in, and readers will love. Helping Writers Become Authors covers every aspect of the writing process: from generating your idea, to sustaining your story across the long stretch of a novel.
6. Writing Unblocked
Hosted by Britney M. Mills, Writing Unblocked motivates you to finish your writing project, whether it’s a screenplay, a novel, or anything else. This 3-day a week includes interviews with published writers who share their writing process, and how they conquered many of its challenges, as well as other tutorials and tips.
7. Creative Writing Career
Whether you are writing a script, video game, or a novel, Creative Writing Careers is the podcast for writers and creatives alike. This podcast is filled with advice on writing for movies, books, video games, and more from industry experts – visual effects artist Stephan Bugaj (Pixar’s The Incredibles), video game writer Justin Sloan (Telltale’s Game Of Thrones), and author Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel) have all guest-starred.
8. The Writers Panel
This podcast is a guide to our current golden age of television. Ben Blacker’s The Writers Panel consists of live convention panels, and intimate in-studio interviews with writers, producers, and showrunners responsible for all the TV shows you can’t stop watching. This podcast has featured interviews with Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), and David Lidelof (Lost, The Leftovers) to talk about creating great television.
9. A Way With Words
A Way With Words is a funny podcast about language. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett receive calls from all around the world to talk about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, family expressions, as well as talks about books, literature, folklore, and speaking and writing well.
10. Kobo Writing Life
Kobo’s podcast features exciting interviews with bestselling authors, tips on the craft and business of writing, and advice for self-publishing successfully.