Writing Wednesday : Listen
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I like learning how writing and publishing work. In fact, several years before I even started writing fiction, I'd read books and articles on fiction writing. I thought maybe one day I'd get to use this. Just like anyone who loved books, I too had dreams of becoming a novelist.

So it turns out the stuff I learned about writing (a lot of them from authors I actually read) did actually prove useful. I've written and published a couple of books and I'm nearly finished with my third. To this day, I remain hungry for writing advice from writers. But while reading books on writing is great, some days you kind of don't want to look at any more words. Maybe you've been staring at your computer screen for eight hours and are feeling a bit of eye strain. Or you've just banged out a couple of two-thousand-word chapters that morning and don't want to look at words for a while.

This is why I'm so grateful for writing podcasts. I get to listen to pro authors and other publishing professionals talk about their process while I'm lying in bed, sitting in the car, doing dishes, or doing my nails. I get words through my ears!

A while back I posted a list of writing podcasts I had been listening to at the time. I was supposed to post a second part to that, but I ... forgot.  So I decided I should list the new writing podcasts I had discovered since then.

This weekly podcast is hosted by pro science fiction authors Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace, and they discuss the business side of writing fiction. It's called Ditch Diggers because they approach the profession of writing like it's a regular job — none of that "waiting for inspiration" nonsense. Which rather fits my own views toward writing.  

  • Get to Work Hurley [Subscribe: iTunes || RSS]

Science fiction author Kameron Hurley hosts this hour-long, monthly-ish podcast, and she talks about a wide range of topics such as surviving as an author in America and levelling up in your profession. Yes, I write in a completely different genre as the hosts of GTWH and DD, but I think the stuff they tackle is useful even to someone who writes romance.  There's a lot of swearing, so maybe don't let your kids hear it.  

No swearing in this one. This podcast is hosted by indie SFF authors Lindsay Buroker, Joseph Lallo and Jeffrey M. Poole. There's very little talk of the craft of writing; as the title indicates, it's really all about marketing books.

Screenwriter John August, who hosts another writing podcast I listen to (Scriptnotes) (alongside Craig Mazin) goes solo with Launch, a limited-series podcast where he chronicles how he wrote and published his first novel Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire

  • Shipping & Handling [Subscribe: iTunes || RSS]

If you've ever wanted  to publish your book the good old-fashioned way, you should really be listening to S&H. Literary agents Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary Inc. and Jennifer Udden of Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC discuss books, publishing, writing, and a bunch of other topics relevant and fun.

  • You Had Us At Hello [Subscribe: iTunes || RSS]

Is the rom-com dead? Hollywood screenwriters Tess Morris and Billy Mernit don't think so. The episodes of YHUAH appear sporadically, which is a shame, but the ones that do offer insight on the shape of rom-coms today. There's also a lot of nostalgic discussions on rom-coms of the past.  


I hope you check out these podcasts! Apart from learning so much about writing and the publishing industry, I quite enjoy listening to them. Maybe you will too.


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