Happy Friday, internet. It’s been a fun first week for us here at Bearded Bards. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve listened to music, and we’ve gotten super nerdy. But it’s the weekend now, and to me weekends mean a bit extra time to get some writing in. To get in the spirit of things, here’s five of my favorite writing podcasts. I go to each whenever I need a bit of extra inspiration or introspection.
Featuring screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin, I’ve found endless insight into not just writing (and though they focus on screenwriting, their information transcends medium), but also the business side of things.
A Very Special Episode: #133 Groundhog Day
Odyssey SF/F Writing Workshop
This podcast is excellent for genre writers, but all writers could get something out of it as well. Each episode is a part from the Odyssey Writer’s Workshop lectures, which feature established sf authors giving their tips and advice on everything from structure, character, to business stuff like marketing.
A Very Special Episode: Elizabeth Bear on Narrative Structure and Types of Plot
A great cross-genre podcast that consistently has excellent interviews and guests. Hosts Cheryl Klein and James Monohan cover any topic imaginable within the sphere of writing and editing, and their guests bring insight on specific topics. I haven’t heard an episode yet that I find boring.
A Very Special Episode: Middle Grade with Author-Editor Jill Santopolo
The Writer’s Almanac
Garrison Keillor hosts this great, short little podcast. Features stories about authors and poets, giving us a great picture about the people behind the writers. Updates daily, and Keillor usually reads a poem.
A Very Special Episode: All of them, because Garrison Keillor is awesome at poems.
I Should Be Writing
Mur Lafferty hosts this show that focuses on getting you writing, and is geared towards the aspiring author. I fell into listening to Mur during NaNoWriMo, as she updated every day with bits of motivation and inspiration (with a little guilting, too).
A Very Special Episode: Everything from November 2013.
Do you have any podcasts that get the words flowing? I want to know!