As it turns out podcasts aren't just for people who really like serial killer documentaries and radio shows. The way I found this out is a rather roundabout story, but it begins when my car's bluetooth stopped working.
Even if I were already running late for work, I would still sit there for another minute or so making sure I could listen to music on the way. I cannot stand the local radio 90% of the time, and when my commute to and from is a collective hour (at least), you can imagine my dread when my car's bluetooth carked it. I could have used a mobile bluetooth speaker or something to that effect but I'm also a serial song-skipper, which wouldn't be safe to do while driving. Instead I decided to re-listen to episodes of the Ricky Gervais Show on youtube with just my phone sitting in my shirt pocket. But when I found that episodes would end half-way through my drive - and it would start playing random things - I decided to try it in podcast format where I could queue up episodes. This worked great until I ran out of episodes to listen to. Then I discovered how great podcasts really were.
For so long I thought podcasts were an increadibly niche medium. For very specific demographics and interests, but as I looked at what was available, I discovered how much content on just about anything you could think of is out there; naturally I started searching for podcasts about writing.
The first one I discovered was Joanna Penn's podcast called "The Creative Penn Podcast", is about self-publishing, marketing, and so much more surrounding the craft of writing. It's this podcast that demonstrated to me, by way of endless resources and guest input, that becoming an author IS a viable career path, so long as you put in the work. Not just the work of writing and marketing, but educating yourself on everything you can along the way. Joanna's podcast also has a lot of great stuff about the differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing, and is a common reoccuring theme for the show in general. It's highly informative and I can't recommend it enough, it put a lot in perspective for me.
From there I searched for a more narrative focus, a podcast that talked about the fun side of writing itself. The nitty gritty of narrative and genre, and all the stuff we as writers love to get stuck into. That's where Tim Grahl's podcast comes in where he talks with Shawn Coyne, who has created a narrative methodology called the 'Story Grid'. On the podcast they talk about the book itself, which is fantastic and goes in deep about the formulas and conventions inherent in almost every story ever, and teaches Tim how to use it to better himself in his own writing. Because Tim is himself a novice at the start of the podcast (it's a few years old), we get to learn as he does. I have learned, and continue to learn so much from this podcast about the more technicaly side of narrative that helps to bring to life the surface.
I could go on and on, but I'll leave it at those two, as those are my main two podcasts that I listen to currently. I even put them on 1.75 speed so I can listen to as much as possible and consume knowledge as quickly as I can.
I know this post may seem like I am simply plugging some podcasts, but honestly check them out. I can't recommend them both enough to anyone starting out or stumbling a bit somewhere in the middle. I found these both after my first draft was done, and I still learned so much that helped improve the final product. Even if you don't check out these podcasts, I urge you to find some that do appeal to whatever craft it is you love. There's always room to improve, and there's no better teacher than not just your own experience, but that of others willing to share.
“ Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” — Isaac Asimov
Resources The Creative Penn Podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/
The Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.com/podcasts/