Post: 3 podcasts to help new authors


If you’re new to writing, it’s helpful to discuss the topic with others. Talking about writing with other new writers, as well as those with more experience, provides fresh insights and perspectives that can help you improve your skills. In addition to having in-person conversations about writing, you can tap into other resources, as well. For instance, in this post, we’ll be sharing three podcasts that are geared toward a writing audience. 

If you’re not familiar with the term, “podcast,” think of it sort of like a radio show. It’s a digital audio file, which can be pre-recorded or hosted live. Podcasts are typically available for download. This enables you to listen to them multiple times, if you like. There are many recordings available that discuss topics that are relevant to new writers. Here are three of them:

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

If you have listened to podcasts in the past, you probably know that some recordings simply feature a lone host, with no guests. Others are shared interview-style, and still others might include a whole panel of guests. Mignon Fogarty is known online as “’Grammar Girl.” In 2006, she launched a podcast that is still going strong today. 

In fact, the Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing podcast has won the “Best Education Podcast” award five times. Episodes usually last between 12 and 40 minutes. Listeners enjoy a variety of writing and language topics, such as podcasts featuring origins of interesting words and phrases or when to use one word instead of another for grammatical accuracy. You can also discover creative ideas for improving writing skills, such as writing short stories. Or, if you’ve ever wondered how items like the “teddy” bear got their names, you might find the answer on the Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing podcast.

The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience

Kelton Reid is interested in the minds of great writers. If you’re looking for podcasts that can help you improve your writing skills, this is one you’ll want to try. Each episode of Reid’s podcasts features experienced, prolific writers. Many have made the New York Times best-selling authors list. 

Recent podcasts have featured Rebecca Makkai, who is best known for novels, such as The Borrowers and The Hundred-Year House. Guests on other episodes have included Jill Santopolo, Stephen Marche and new author, Ana Reyes. If you tune in, you might discover some great tips on how to avoid writer’s block and keep creativity flowing. 

Write Now with Sarah Werner

Sarah Rhea Werner has been quoted as saying that her life goals are to “read all the books and drink all the coffee.” She says that her mission in life is to help creators find confidence, success and delight in their work. 

Werner’s podcasts include episode titles, such as, “How to Write When You Don’t Feel Like Writing,” “Getting into the Flow,” and “Living a Creative Life.” Werner describes herself as a generally happy person who is an introvert at heart, who loves helping people learn to balance daily life with writing time. 

Use podcasts and other resources to boost writing skills

There are many writing resources available today. If your dream is to become a writer, you can make it a reality. Taking advantage of outside support is a great way to connect with writers, editors, publishers and others who can help you achieve your goals.