Like you, I have a life. And probably like you, I have to do things like cook, clean (when I really have to), exercise (when I make myself), drive to and from work, and taxi my children around the country. I have managed to carve out writing time each day, but I have been trying to find ways to think about writing and to improve my writing craft when I’m not actually sitting at my desk writing. And the answer for me has been podcasts.
There are not only podcasts of course, listening to audiobooks is also great. The one draw back with audiobooks though, is they can be pricey, whereas podcasts are free.
Short Fiction Podcasts
The New Yorker - Fiction.
Deborah Treisman, the New Yorker Fiction Editor, talks with another writer about a story that has been published previously in the magazine. The story is read before they discuss it. Very enlightening. (Around 1 hour)
The New Yorker - The Writer’s Voice.
This is a free audio recording of the week’s New Yorker short story. (Around 40 mins)
BBC Radio 4: Short Story Podcast.
Here you will find shorter stories written by contemporary short fiction writers read by professional readers, produced to a high standard. (Around 15 mins)
On Story Craft
Story Grid Podcast.
I can’t get enough of this one at the moment. I have also bought The Story Grid Workbook. It is written by an experienced editor called Shawn Coyne, who on the podcast talks with the host, Tim Grahl, about the fundamentals of story. The podcast follows Tim who is writing his first novel. Along the way, Shawn, the editor, gives Tim and the listener some invaluable advice on the craft of writing and story telling. (Around 1 hour 15 mins)
Death Of 1000 Cuts.
Tim Clare talks honestly and with insight about the writing process. He interviews many writers about their craft and leads them through some interesting discussions on writing. (Around 1 hour 15mins)
The Story Studio.
This is a podcast filled with energy, and as the young people might say: ‘banter.’ The podcast focusses on many different aspects of storytelling and offers some interesting ideas on the craft.
On Publishing and Self Publishing
I’ve taken an interest in the opportunities raised by digital self-publishing. These podcasts are helping break new ground for writers.
The Self Publishing Show.
This is run by Mark Dawson, a very popular self-published author, and James Blatch, who is a presenter and fledgling writer. The podcast is superbly made and can also be found on You Tube. Episodes feature interviews with guests who have a special expertise in the field of self-publishing or have become successful self-published writers themselves. Although the focus is on self-publishing, there tends to be some great stuff on writing craft too. (Around 1 hour 15 mins)
The Creative Penn Podcast.
Joanna Penn is a fiction and non-fiction writer who knows everything there is to know about self-publishing. Her approachable and friendly style makes me believe, every time I listen to her podcast, that I could make writing my living. She interviews self-published writers and experts who give advice on both publishing and writing craft. Her interviews can also be found on youtube. (Around 1 hour)
The Bestseller Experiment.
This is a podcast hosted by writers, Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux. The podcast initially focussed on their quest to write a bestseller. They succeeded with their book: ‘Back to Reality.’ Now the podcast focusses on self-publishing and the craft of writing. The podcast is always positive and upbeat about the listener’s chances of succeeding in the field of writing and self-publishing. (Around 1 hour)
For Fans Of Lit Mags and Short Fiction
Lit Mag Love.
The host, Rachel Thompson, talks with a number of editors and creatives who work for Lit Mags (print and online). If you want an insight into how lit mags are run to help your chances of gaining more acceptances, then this is a good podcast to start with. There are also many discussions about poetry, writing craft, and story telling. (Around 1 hour)
If you know of other podcasts on writing and self-publishing, please let me know.
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