I’ve always been a multi-tasker, and recently I’ve gotten into podcasts as a way to hear a great story or learn something new while cooking or doing chores. If you’re looking for some podcasts to brush up on your craft or learn more about the writing business, I’ve found the following helpful.
Writing Excuses — “a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers, by writers.” Authors Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Taylor (writer and illustrator), and Dan Wells cover a wealth of craft-related topics, from beginnings to endings, characters to worldbuilding, pacing to revisions. Episodes are 15-20 minutes long, so they’re perfect for a walk (or run) around the block.
PubCrawl — I’ve been reading the Pub(lishing) Crawl blog for years, and was thrilled when two of the contributors started releasing weekly podcasts. These run a little longer than Writing Excuses (episodes are roughly an hour), but go into more depth on the business side of writing. Writers Kelly Van Sant and S. Jae Jones (JJ) have years of experience in the publishing world, both as agents’ interns/assistants and as editors. Past episodes have discussed pitches, advances and royalties, contracts, and queries.
This Creative Life — author Sarah Zarr interviews YA authors on a wide range of topics, from their inspiration to their writing habits to life as a published author.
Do you have any favorite writing podcasts? Please share in the comments!