The problem with being a creative writer, aside of course from the financial aspect of things, is that you need to be knowledgeable in almost everything you write about. You have undoubtedly heard of the adage, “write what you know,” if you want to be able to create a realistic story for your readers.
Of course, that does not mean that you should study all kinds of things and be a master of none. While trying all sorts of stuff is an admirable trait, there are easier ways to widen your knowledge base, and that is by listening to podcasts.
“Why podcasts?” you might ask. “Why can’t I just Google or read books?” While reading books or Googling information both have their own merits, they cannot be done while you’re doing other things. On the other hand, you can listen to podcasts while you’re driving, washing the dishes, or running on the treadmill.
Unlike books, podcasts are shorter, since even a one-hour podcast will be easier to finish than a 200-page book. Unlike Google, podcasts are more reliable because they are created by experts in various fields.
If you’re ready to enjoy the world of podcasts and apply what you’ve learned into your writing, here are 5 podcasts that you should listen to while you’re not holding your pen and paper.
If you can only spare 15 minutes of your time, then let Writing Excuses be the podcast of your choice. This weekly podcast only takes a quarter of an hour to tell you about the new trends in writing fiction, whether it be a discussion about plots and literary techniques or the challenges in publishing and garnering ideas. With over 10,000 listeners every week, I say you should join the bandwagon and know why this podcast is so popular among aspiring creative writers. .
If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps and getting that I’m-so-dumb-I’m-probably-not-meant-to-be-a-writer syndrome because of a recent story you wrote but did not like, Jeff Goins here will get you back on the right track. Geared towards artists and entrepreneurs who want to make a difference, The Portfolio Life gives you a dose of inspiration every week in order for you to find out what you’re really meant to do, and then start doing it. Since Goins is a writer as well, you’ll reap many nuggets of writing wisdom from his interviews with the likes of Seth Godin and Tim Ferris.
Learn from the literary gurus with this monthly podcast from one of the country’s most respected magazine. Hosted by the New Yorker magazine’s literary editor Deborah Treisman, this monthly podcast features short story readings by guest writers, such as George Saunders and Margaret Atwood, with the story coming from the New Yorker’s archives. Aside from hearing these titans read some of their favorite stories, you’ll also learn a lot from their discussions before and after the reading.
Nobody’s questioning your grammar prowess, but if you need to brush up on some gray areas, Grammar Girl is the podcast to go to. Every writer needs to have impeccable grammar skills, and Grammar Girl’s weekly quick and dirty tips for better writing will help you achieve just that. She’s got over 60 episodes available for download, so if you need help in a certain area in grammar, listen to her.
Listening to a meditation podcast will not suddenly make you a better writer, but it can help clear your mind, enhance your creativity, and generate more ideas for writing. The Meditation podcast is a favorite of mine as it generates binaural beats that directly affect your brain waves, hence inducing a state of deep relaxation. Listen to this in the morning or at night before sleeping, but never ever while driving your car.
Make listening to podcasts a part of your daily routine and you’ll be surprised at how much more you’ll learn about writing in such a short span of time.
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