Podcasts for Writers: Really Useful Links by Lucy O’Callaghan

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Lucy O'Callaghan

Lucy O’Callaghan

This week I am sharing some podcasts for writers. Whether we are listening to what is essential to consider when writing a crime scene or a love scene, or even if it is another writer talking about their routine and writing process, it is all learning. The best thing about podcasts is that you can pick and choose what you want to listen to and how much time you commit to it. Here are some of my favourites.

  1. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/

The Creative Penn Podcast is about writing, publishing, book marketing, and making a living with writing. The episodes are around an hour long and there are over 600 episodes to choose from so you are bound to find something that interests you!

  1. https://www.well-storied.com/podcast

Kristen Kieffer is the author of Build Your Best Writing Life and Self-Publishing Simplified. The episodes in this podcast cover storytelling areas such as characterisation, story structure, and story elements. Writing life topics including your creative mindset, and writing practice are also covered. She frequently discusses the writing process and authorship topics such as publishing and book marketing.

  1. https://www.savannahgilbo.com/podcast

The Fiction Made Easy podcast is presented by Savannah Gilbo, a developmental editor and book coach. The episodes are between fifteen minutes and an hour depending on the topic but the majority are under twenty minutes which is perfect for listening on a quick car journey or while preparing dinner. What I like about this podcast is that she often uses examples of well-known novels to make her point and this makes understanding what she is discussing so much easier. Topics covered are wide and varied, including choosing the best genre for your story, questions to help you write better characters, 10 tips for writing better love triangles, and 5 mistakes writers make in their opening pages to name but a few. This is one of my favourite podcasts.

  1. https://the-creative-writers-toolbelt.castos.com/

This podcast gives practical accessible advice and encouragement to writers. Each episode and there are over 180 to choose from, explores an aspect of creative writing technique with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing. There are also interviews with writers exploring their wisdom on subjects like story, style, character, and the writing process.

  1. https://writingexcuses.com/

Writing Excuses is a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers. The episodes are around 15-20 minutes, and each season focuses on a theme, such as structure, genre, and character. These seasons flow like a multi-session masterclass. They are easy to navigate and you can pick and choose what theme you want to learn about.

  1. http://amiekaufman.com/podcast/

These podcast episodes are less than 10 minutes long and tackle a new question about writing every week. There are over 30 episodes to choose from, covering topics such as the three-act structure, plotters and pansters, 3 ways to fix your pacing problem, and weaving setting into your story. You also have the opportunity to submit a question if you are stuck on an aspect of your writing.

  1. https://selfpublishingformula.com/spf-podcast/

Mark Dawson presents the Self-Publishing show. The podcast provides weekly inspiration and education to writers at all stages of their careers. The episodes feature indie authors, breakout stars from traditional publishing, and industry insiders. The episodes are about an hour long and are great for those ready to dive into publishing their novels.

These are only a small selection of podcasts for writers, there are hundreds out there. Sift through them and find ones you like and that fits in with your schedule. I hope this week’s column has been useful to you. As always, if there are any topics you would like me to cover, please get in touch.

(c) Lucy O’Callaghan

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About the author

Writing since she was a child, Lucy penned her first story with her father called Arthur’s Arm, at the ripe old age of eight. She has been writing ever since. Inspired by her father’s love of the written word and her mother’s encouragement through a constant supply of wonderful stationary, she wrote short stories for her young children, which they subsequently illustrated.
A self-confessed people watcher, stories that happen to real people have always fascinated her and this motivated her move to writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her writing has been described as pacy, human, moving and very real.
Lucy has been part of a local writing group for over ten years and has taken creative writing classes with Paul McVeigh, Jamie O’Connell and Curtis Brown Creative. She truly found her tribe when she joined Writer’s Ink in May 2020. Experienced in beta reading and critiquing, she is currently editing and polishing her debut novel.
Follow her on Instagram: lucy.ocallaghan.31. Facebook and Twitter: @LucyCOCallaghan

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