Have you ever just starred at the screen and not been able to find an idea or the words to scatter across the page…? Have you ever just felt like you are in a slump and need some motivation…? I know I have. There have been countless times where I’ll type a word, only to turn around and delete said word. Writing is without question one of the most enjoyable hobbies, but it can also be one of the most frustrating as well…
Over the years of studying the craft I have asked many authors how they overcome this plateau. Everyone is different and I have heard many different ideas. Some take long walks, others read, some exercise, and one person even said they go hunting.
I do two things… One I’m a yard fanatic. I love to have a fresh mowed lawn that clean and clear of weeds. So I do a lot of yard work. But while I’m doing yard work or house projects I also listen to a lot of podcast. There are tons of writing podcast available out there to listen to- But for the sake of time I’m only going to list my top five…
1. Writing Excuses: One of my favorite… Released every Monday writing excuses is a fiction podcast run by Brandon Sanderson, Howard Taylor, Dan Wells and Mary Robinette Kowal. Their tag line is exceptional:
“Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”
The podcast is one of the most popular and garners over 10,000 downloads per episode. Their topics range from creative writing, plotting, techniques, as well as discussion on the current publishing industry.
2. I Should be Writing: An award winning podcast that’s about the writing journey. It’s hosted by Mur Lafferty. Lafferty has a variety of the credentials that range from freelance writing, podcast producing, and editing for the escape pod magazine. I highly recommend this podcast for anyone unpublished and looking to break in to the industry.
3. Thrillercast: Not to be confused with Michael Jackson by any means. Thriller cast is hosted by David Wood and Alan Baxter. It’s a podcast for readers and authors of the thriller genre that features interviews, reviews, current publishing trends, as well as discussions on the craft of writing.
4. Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing: Hosted and produced by Shaun Farrell. With over 200 episodes this podcast covers everything in Fantasy and Sci fi publishing from interviews, publishing, as well as reviews.
5. Grammar Girl: Let’s face it… Most of us writers hate grammar. But this little podcast is very beneficial. Grammar girl is hosted by Mignon Fogarty who is also the author of “Quick and Dirty Tips,” an exceptional grammar resource that should be on every writers shelf.
Note: Please understand that not all of these podcast are the most clean… There are a few where there may be some language… I would recommend that you research each one and find the one that would benefit you most.