5 Podcasts Novelists MUST Listen To

Podcasts are one of my favorite things. My girlfriend likes them too—at least, she likes that they get me to do the dishes.

But in all seriousness, if you’re looking to push your fiction craft further, take a listen to these top 5 writerly podcasts. Each one has their own feel, and some might not be for you, but they’re all fantastic and worth trying out!

1. Writing Excuses

It’s hard to beat a crew with Brandon Sanderson, the best-selling fantasy author, as well as the other marvelous hosts, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells. As their tagline/accidental haiku goes— “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart”—this podcast is pithy, fun, and full of great info on craft issues as well as other areas of the writing life. If you’re new to podcasts, particularly writing podcasts, this is a must-hear.

2. The Creative Penn

Though not a large woman, Joanna Penn is a giant in the indie publishing sphere. A best-selling thriller author, she talks about everything within independent publishing, from craft to business to marketing. Eclectic and always enjoyable, get your fill of her lovely English accent with these informative, hour-long podcasts.

3. The Self Publishing Podcast

Johnny, Sean, and Dave—they really have too much fun, and they share it all with you. Learn from these three successful indie authors, and all while having a great time. They cover all sorts of topics within the indie pub realm. (And, for the brave of heart/avid listeners, they amp up the chaos in Worst. Show. Ever. You’ve been warned).

4. How Do You Write? 

A relative newcomer to the scene, Rachael Herron delivers a lot of value in her half-hour interviews with a wide variety of novelists, nonfiction writers, and even playwrights and poets. If you’re skeptical about those guests, don’t be—you can be sure to always pick up something new to help you in your own writing.

5. Dead Robots’ Society

The first writerly podcast that sucked me into this black hole of audible entertainment, it’s currently hosted by Terry Mixon and Paul E. Cooley. Their approachability and chemistry is the number one thing that makes me come back, and their group on Facebook is a fairly vibrant community.

But we can’t leave without an honorable mention:

The Story Grid

This duo, professional editor Shawn Coyne and new writer Tim Grahl, has paired up to tackle issues revolving around generating—and perfecting—your first novel. Full of helpful tips for both the drafting and editing process, its invaluable information from the other side of the writing industry. If you like what you hear, you can pick up Coyne’s book The Story Grid from Amazon.

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