Five Best Podcasts for Starting Fiction Writers by Matt Huston

For most new fiction writers, it’s tough enough to find the time to write, never mind the time to learn about the craft. While many great books teach the craft of writing, it’s not easy to find the time to sit down and read them. Luckily, there are also great podcasts that teach new writers to become better writers. Podcasts are a series of audio shows that you can download or stream through any device, including computers and smartphones. So, you can learn how to write better while walking down the street, driving in your car, or just about anywhere at any time. The following are five great writing podcasts.

Six Figure Authors

Isn’t it every author’s goal to make six figures? This podcast makes the claim right up front that it will “help you take your writing career to the next level,” and that’s precisely what it does. It’s hosted by three successful self-published writers who each bring their perspective and knowledge to every podcast. This podcast goes above and beyond the basic information that most new writers learn and teaches techniques and ideas that push even successful writers to be better.

The Creative Penn

This podcast is hosted by Joanna Penn. It covers everything from how to begin writing, all the way to becoming a successful self-published author. Each Monday, a new podcast is posted and usually includes an interview with a successful author. This podcast is everything you need to know in one place, and Joanna Penn’s enthusiasm and obvious love for writing, publishing, and marketing are infectious and inspiring.

Writing Excuses

If you don’t have the time or the patience to listen to long podcasts, then this podcast is for you. Each episode of this podcast is around 15 minutes long and seldom longer than 20 minutes. But don’t let the brevity fool you; each episode is chocked with useful information that will put you in the mood to write while also making you a better writer.

Helping Writers Become Authors

Just as the title suggests, this podcast focuses more on the fundamentals of writing. It’s hosted by K.M. Weiland, a successful author, blogger, and mentor to new fiction writers. Most episodes are only about 15 minutes long, but Weiland manages to cram a lot of valuable information into that time. Her podcast is fun and inspirational and continually reinforces the fundamentals of writing, which is essential to writing well.

Story Studio Podcast

There might not be a writing podcast out there that is viewed so differently by writers. Some love it. Some can’t stand it. The hosts tend to ramble at times, and sometimes the episodes feel like there’s a little too much self-promotion going on. But there is a lot to be learned from listening to the accomplished writers on this podcast, especially about the art of storytelling. It’s definitely worth listening to a few episodes and deciding for yourself.

Final word

In the end, which podcast (or podcasts) you decide to listen to and learn from is up to you. Every one of the above podcasts is excellent for new fiction writers. You’ll be amazed that there is so much free information that you can listen to at your leisure. You’ll also be amazed at how much your writing improves with every episode.