Best Podcasts for Writers

I was a late adopter to this craze, but I now have an obsession with podcasts.

When I commute, I often take a 25-minute walk both in the morning and at the end of the day, to get to and from my office. So I have ample time to listen to something as I walk. And because I don’t love fiction audio books (I can do nonfiction all day, but fiction just doesn’t seem to work for me in audio form), I started getting into podcasts.

When I discovered podcasts that were meant just for writers, I was absolutely hooked. Here are a few of my favourites that I would definitely consider among the best podcasts for writers.

The Writer Files

I love this podcast because it’s filled with interviews with published authors who talk about their process and how they write. Kelton Reid is the host (who is very likeable to listen to, which is something I find to be key in podcasts!) who “studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity.” He often asks writers how they keep writing, make progress, and avoid imposter syndrome. This one is definitely one of my favourites.

Launch

I heard about this one from someone in my Writerly Facebook group and I found it fascinating. I was disappointed it was so short, with only eight episodes in total, but it’s still a must for anyone new to writing a book. It follows Screenwriter John August through the process of writing a middle-grade fiction novel and then everything that comes after getting published. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a book, and I loved it from start to finish.

Write Now with Sarah Werner

I found this one particulary inspiring when I was first deciding to take Writerly and writing and everything associated with it seriously. The older episodes are the best, in my opinion, because she’s quite encouraging as well as practical (she has a podcast on SEO for Writers, for example). And there are lots of great interviews with writer-types as well.

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

I just discovered this one recently. It’s branded by Kobo (who has a self-publishing platform that they’re obviously promoting), and it’s highly focused on the self-publishing world of writing, but I find it helpful and really enjoy it. Great interviews and great advice.

Am Writing with Jess & KJ

This one is also filled with lots and lots of great, and practical, advice for writers. Both Jess and KJ have written extensively for online publications and have published novels, so they offer up the best of both worlds when it comes to writer advice.

Marginally Podcast

Full disclosure: I just heard about this one today, so I probably shouldn’t be putting it in the ‘my favourites’ column. However, I started listening and really enjoyed it. And I was definitely drawn in by the description: “For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.”

Honourable Mention

Here are a few others that I listen to, but not as regularly as my top picks:

Writing Excuses

This one has lots of specific advice on novel-writing in particular. It’s great if you want to know all about character arcs and motivation and world-building and things like that. Although, the episodes are only 15 minutes or so each, so I don’t find them as helpful to a newbie like myself.

Mom Writes

Again, great advice for newbie novel-writers. I can only listen to this one in small doses though.

The Well-Storied Podcast

The creator of this podcast just literally reads out her blog posts, so episodes are super short. That said, she has some great advice for creative writers and those of us trying to figure out all the parts of writing a novel.

The Creative Penn Podcast

The episodes in this podcast tend to be quite long, which is okay with me, but might not be for some. I also find her info and advice and interviews really helpful. I’m not a huge fan of her intros though, because she talks for quite a while before getting to the topic of the episode.

Those are just a few of my favourites, but I’m always on the hunt for more podcasts about writing. So, which ones do you listen to? I’d love to add to my growing list!