As a writer it’s a relief to move away from staring at the computer screen to actually hearing interesting advice on the craft of writing via podcasts. Never heard a podcast before? Here are a few to get you started
1. SELF PUBLISHING PODCAST
I love the Sterling and Stone guys. They talk both craft as well as business, but what I like best is that they manage to keep their quirky banter alive, and often interesting insights into how writers work together do emerge from this. Even though they also talk the ‘business of writing’ the chemistry between them is brilliant and gives an insight on how co-writing could possible work.
2. STORY GRID
I listen to this for a dose of cold reality. They critique stories live on air, so you learn a lot. Everything from how to hook them from the first sentence, to writing faster, writing better and calibrating your scenes
3. TIM FERRIS PODCAST
Writing is all about mindset. The same mindset of discipline, perseverance, belief, never giving up. The kind that makes or breaks entrepreneurs. The kind that Tim Ferriss talks about. In particular this podcast where he interviews Paolo Coelho http://fourhourworkweek.com/2012/02/15/paulo-coelho-how-i-write/ is eye-opening. He delves not only into mindset of what makes great entrepreneurs, but goes into how to help make lifestyle changes so you can survive this punishing pace for the long term. Best discovery I made from here: Mushroom Coffee
4. THE PSYCHOLOGY PODCAST
I find the best advice on writing craft comes from psychologists. After all what is writing if not delving into character motivations and understanding human nature and interactions at its core. I LOVE this one and listen to this podcast often as a pick-me-up. Best one so far, is the one called “Subtle art of not giving a fuck – something which we creative expressionists must practice more often” http://thepsychologypodcast.com/the-subtle-art-of-not-giving-a-fuck-with-mark-manson/
5. BETWEEN THE COVERS
For those looking for a more straightforward literary discussion and insights into plots and writers – and why not. As an Indie what I still admire traditional publishing for is their ability to spend more time refining the books (often) something I don’t have the luxury of in the fast-paced production process that comes with Indie writing. Author interviews with today's best writers--established & up-and-coming-- in fiction, nonfiction and narrative poetry. Hosted by David Naimon
These are just a few podcasts that focus on the craft of writing and which have stuck with me. What about you? Know of an awesome writing craft related podcast? Share in comments below.
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