I’ve been a multi-tasker my entire life. Who knows—maybe it has something to do with the continued circus act of trying to find the right balance between writing and the rest of life. Nonetheless, one of my guilty pleasures while folding the laundry or working out at the gym or sitting in traffic on my way to get groceries is to listen to writing podcasts. There are several out there, but I thought I’d share a few of my favorites:
- Writerly Podcast: Hosted by award-winning authors Danielle Trussoni and Walter Kirn. Trussoni and Kirn discuss all aspects of the writing life. Topics include everything from craft and productivity tips to how to find an agent and navigate the ins and outs of the publishing world. I suggest checking out Trussoni’s recent interview with author Panio Gianopoulos (A Familiar Beast; How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money) about how he manages to get in his daily word count while also holding down a full-time job and staying actively involved with his family. Talk about multi-tasking! Gianopoulos writes in short, focused micro-sessions while on his train commute to and from work. It’s amazing what he’s been able to accomplish in those snippets.
- Creative Penn Podcast: Hosted by award-winning author Joanna Penn, who’s website The Creative Penn has become a must for aspiring writers wanting to learn more about how to publish and market their books, as well as how to create an author brand or platform. Episodes run every Monday and include interviews and other valuable information on what it takes to become an effective creative entrepreneur. Joanna recently celebrated The Creative Penn’s tenth anniversary. Hear all the details on how she went from writing her first book to managing her six-figure writing business in Episode #405.
- Beautiful Writers Podcast: Hosted by BookMama.com’s Linda Siversten. Awesome interviews with all your favorite authors about the writing life. Recent interviews include Seth Godin, Ann Patchett, Maria Shriver, and Tom Hanks—yes, that Tom Hanks. Who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? If you haven’t read his short story collection Uncommon Type, find a copy. His story, “A Month on Greene Street,” which is included, was also picked up by One Story (Issue 232). And if you haven’t already guessed, you’ll hear Hanks’ distinctive voice in your head for days after reading it.
- Dabblers & Doers Podcast: Hosted by Dan Blank of WeGrowMedia. Dan interviews writers and artists about their creative journeys and how they made the shift from merely dabbling or thinking about their creative work to taking action and becoming a “doer” who creates, finishes and shares work with others. It’s always inspiring to hear about another writer’s success story and to realize we all share the same struggles along the way.
- Author2Author Podcast: Hosted by the effervescent Bill Kenower, editor-in-chief of Author magazine and author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence. Bill interviews a wide range of authors from all different genres about how writing and life connect and are, in essence, one in the same. If you’re feeling a little self-conscious about calling yourself a writer, check out Bill’s interview with Andre Dubus III about identity and persistence. You’ll feel better.
I’d love to hear what podcasts inspire you as a writer. Feel free to share your comments below. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.