It’s been years since I’ve spent this much time on cardio machines at the gym. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve long been a compulsive exerciser. But in Houston, I ran outside all year round. And upstate New York? Not so much.
So this winter, to pass the time on the treadmill, I tried something new: podcasts. I’m kinda embarrassed to admit this, because podcasts are so yesterday’s technology. But I’ve always been more of a fan of the written word than audio.
Turns out there are quite a few podcasts out there for writers! Whatdoyaknow. If you’re a newbie like me, you can listen to most of these audio files right on the Web site or download it to your iPod through iTunes. In addition to listening to the latest ones, check out the archives.
Podcasts for writers:
- The Writing Show. Inspiration and information for all types of writers. Author Paula Berinstein hosts. A few episodes I’ve enjoyed so far: Deanna Adams on writing memoir; writing biography with Bob Andelman; and revealing your innermost secrets when writing memoir.
- The New York Times Book Review. Interviews with authors whose books are reviewed by The New York Times. Each podcast also includes an industry update and overview of bestseller lists. This is one of my faves. It’s also shorter than some of the other podcasts, so my child-like attention span lasts for the entire thing.
- The Creative Penn. Joanna Penn covers topics from self-publishing to promotion. One of my favorite episodes is with Alastair Humphreys on travel writing and achieving outrageous goals. (She also interviewed me on writers’ retreats and travel writing.)
- Writers on Writing (or Pen on Fire). Live interviews with writers, poets and literary agents. Hosted by author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.
- I Should Be Writing. Mostly about fiction, but motivational for all writers. By Mur Lafferty, who says she’s a wanna-be writer just like her listeners.
- Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. Mignon Fogarty gives tips like how to properly use lay verses lie. She’s funny, too.
- Writing Excuses. I’ve yet to try this one, but I’ve heard it’s quite popular, so wanted to include it here. Several contributors.
And, of course, there are lots of fabulous podcasts out there that aren’t writing specific. I like the New York Times’ Story of the Day and World Story of the Day (I can’t find links for these but you can subscribe through iTunes). Lots of people are super into National Public Radio’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and This American Life from Chicago Public Radio.
What are your favorite podcasts?