On Podcasts, Cave Dwelling, and Studying the Art of Writing | Author Toolbox Blog Hop

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, Creativity and the Writing Process | 11 comments

On Podcasts, Cave Dwelling, and Studying the Art of Writing | Author Toolbox Blog Hop

Unless you have been living in a cave in a very, very secluded part of the world, you have most likely heard about, if you are not actually engaged in, the trending phenomenon known as the podcast.

I, myself a resident of said cave, have heard of the term only thanks to the fact that I teach high school. Were it not for my students, my technical savvy would be lacking on a much greater scale. My students keep me updated on all things trending, and we have a secure enough relationship that they don’t laugh too much when I ask them how to use whatever new technological marvel currently obsesses their media-saturated interests.

For those of you who are quite content in caves of your own and are unfamiliar with this new-ish technological marvel, a podcast is an episodic, radio-style talk or video show you can subscribe to, most often for free. Once you are subscribed, new episodes will download automatically to the media-playing device of your choice.

I tend to ban myself from excessive use of media. It is easy for me to lose hours in the time-sucking vacuum created by the computer or television screens dotted throughout my life. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it… I enjoy it too much, and I don’t have a lot of down time. So when I first heard of podcasts, I noted the idea, then filed it in the portion of my brain labeled “Highly Interesting but of Unlikely Benefit” and moved on.

Oh, how wrong I was.

As a writer who is addicted to research, one of the ways I work myself out of being stuck is to dig deeply into researching the concept I’m stuck on or the technique I’m wrestling with. I am new to the marketing game, so as I was researching marketing strategies, I discovered for myself what a wonderful thing the podcast is. I discovered that podcasts are portable, free, and abundant. I subscribed to one focused on marketing for authors, and now consider podcasts one of my first go-to resources, especially for research on the go. I can listen to podcasts while completing mindless chores, such as folding laundry or washing dishes. Thanks to current technology that allows me to sync my phone to the sound system in my car, I can even listen to podcasts while I’m driving. As I spend a lot of time driving, this is a beautiful thing.

I should come out of my cave more often.

For those of you who are new to the podcast form, or for those who are looking for some new podcasts to try, here is my current lists of writing-helpful podcasts.  They are listed alphabetically with brief descriptions of major focus in the parentheses. I hope you find something among them that meets whatever need you are experiencing on your current writing journey, and I’d love to hear of any writing or creativity based podcasts you are listening to. Happy listening!

  • #AmWriting with Jess & KJ (writing in general)
  • Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach (writing in general)
  • Book Launch Show (book marketing)
  • Create If Writing (authentic platform building)
  • DIY MFA Radio (writing-specific how-to)
  • Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (grammar how-to)
  • Hastag Authentic (social media how-to)
  • HopeWriters (writing in general)
  • Podcast Communicator Academy (writing and creativity)
  • ProBlogger Podcast (blog tips)
  • Save the Cat! Podcast (story structure and form)
  • Story Grid Podcast (story structure and form)
  • The Author Hangout: Book Marketing Tips for Indie & Self-Published Authors (book marketing)
  • The Creative Penn Podcast (writing in general)
  • The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins (book marketing)
  • The Sell More Books Show (book Marketing)
  • The Writer Files (writing in general)
  • Write Now with Sarah Werner (writing in general)
  • Writing Unblocked with Britney M. Mills (creativity and inspiration hacks)


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  1. Say, I forgot about podcasts! I recently self-published a novella on Kindle and have been trying to get it noticed via various platforms. Thanks for the reminder 😃
    Also, great list! I can see myself following a few of them.

  2. I struggle with marketing so much. Thanks so much for sharing your list – I’m definitely saving this 🙂

  3. I’m also a reluctant convert to podcasts, but your list shows me I have a way to go to catch up!

    • hehe… I don’t think we can ever catch up, which is the beautiful thing. If we are always learning, then we are always growing. 😉

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your list. The marketing ones will be especially useful 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Louise! I’m glad you found the list helpful.

    • My pleasure, Louise! I’m glad you found it helpful.

  5. Thanks for the list. I see some podcasts I already listen to, but there are other’s I haven’t heard of. I like to listen while I’m running on my treadmill, so it’s great to have something new to try.

    • Ohmigosh! I never thought of listening while I exercise. Seriously! What a great idea.

  6. What a fantastic list! I hope Google find this and promotes it above other author podcast lists, because most of the lists I’ve found are outdated. Have you tried the Writing Excuses podcast? I love it. Okay, I’m definitely bookmarking this page for future reference. No time for podcasts this month, but I’m free all July. Ideally, I can listen to some of these outside! 🙂 And in case Google still can’t find it, here’s some more key phrases: writing podcasts, writer podcasts, list of writing podcasts, best podcasts for writers, top podcasts for authors

    • Thanks, Raimey! I’ll add those now. And I’ll definately check into the Writing Excuses podcast.

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