I’ve always enjoyed walking, perhaps even moreso since we got a dog. I like to listen to podcasts as I walk and pause for canine investigations of interesting smells. They basically break down into few categories.
Writing Excuses: This is a panel-style podcast, hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Taylor. Often they’ll bring in a guest. Episodes run about 15-20 minutes.The last couple of years, starting with season 10, they’ve been doing something really interesting and running the entire season as a masterclass. Last year was on writing a book (or story) and this year has been exploring elements of genre in a deeper way. The focus of this podcast is on craft.
Ditch Diggers: Hosted by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace from various places on Morgan Freeman’s estates, this podcast is about writing as a job and a business. It’s a sometimes NSFW, very honest look at writing life, sometimes with interviews, sometimes without–always valuable listening either way.
I Should Be Writing: Also hosted by Mur Lafferty, ISBW focuses more on the writer making the trip from amateur to pro and some of the emotional pitfalls inherent therein. It is safe for work, and very encouraging.
The Worried Writer: Sarah Painter interviews various writers about writing process and overcoming self doubt. I love hearing people talk about their process and their writing path, and Sarah is wonderfully encouraging.
The Journeyman Writer: is hosted by Alistair Stephens of Story Wonk and focuses on craft. These are short (5-10 minute) episodes and cover a wide variety of subjects. I live pretty close to the grocery store and my kids’ school, and these are the perfect length to provoke thoughts on the drives to and from.
How Did This Get Made: Not even a little bit safe for work. This show focuses on terrible movies and how they misstep. It’s not focused on the writing per se, but on the whole awful experience. For those who watch SyFy original movies like Jersey Shore Shark Attack for enjoyment of the “so bad it’s good” kind.
History and cool stuff:
Stuff You Missed in History Class: What it says on the tin. Interesting looks at historical events and figures, some of which you may have heard of, some of which you might not have. History is often weirder or sadder than fiction–loads of story idea sparks.
History of English: This is an ongoing, focused look at the development of the English language. What amazes me most about this is how much history still lingers in words we use every day, and how this deeper examination reveals the way people lived and talked hundreds and thousands of years ago. Writers of secondary worlds, this will give you so many worldbuilding ideas.
Sawbones: Medical history. This one is new to me–I’ve only listened to a few episodes, but I will definitely be listening to more. As a species, we have done some very weird things to ourselves in an attempt to fix ourselves up.
I am always on the lookout for more to listen to, so I’d love some recommendations. What podcasts do you enjoy?