The Podcasts That Keep Me Sane

Apparently 30 September is International Podcast Day. Who knew? Well, it’s still the 30th here in SA for another 4 hours or so, so in celebration of this underappreciated day, I thought I’d do a post about the podcasts that accompany me about my day.

If I’m being honest, I’ve been planning this post for a while, but the timing is just too good to pass up. I’m only going to include podcasts about writing in this post – and I’m not including ALL the writing podcasts I listen to, or we’d be here ’til New Years.

In no particular order, here we go:

The Bestseller Experiment 

Author/screenwriter Mark Stay and musician/life coach Mark Desvaux ask the question: Could you write, publish & market a Bestseller in a year?

I really only got into podcasts at the very end of 2017, by which time the two Marks had already completed their experiment. (Spoiler alert: they did it!) But once I found the BXP podcast I was in absolute heaven. I binged like I’ve never binged before. The interviews (with amazing authors like Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Michael Connelly, Sarah Pinborough, and so many others, along with a whole host of industry professionals and experts) are informative and genuinely entertaining, and Marks 1 and 2 are great people. Incidentally, their book, Back to Reality, is one of the best things I’ve read in ages – right up there with Wodehouse, Adams, Pratchett, and Gaiman.

The Worried Writer

I’m a very worried writer, so I knew at once this was the podcast for me. Anxiety, fear, self-doubt, procrastination – they’re my best/worst friends. Once a month, Sarah Painter interviews authors who’ve been through it all and finds out how they made it to the other side. Sarah’s voice is very easy on the ear and she has a charming accent on top of it. There’s loads of info – and if you’re anything like me, your TBR list will grow by miles.

The Creative Penn Podcast

Joanna Penn is a wonder. She is relentlessly positive and infuses her podcast with that relentless positivity. Listening to her show, which is full of industry news, futurist news, and all kinds of interviews and resources, I feel like I can genuinely do anything. What I really love about The Creative Penn Podcast is how open Joanna is about the journey she’s on, and how excited she gets about learning new things.

So You Want to Be a Writer

Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait talk about writing – not just fiction writing, but blogging, copywriting, feature writing, travel writing, freelancing, and the business of being a working writer. There’s interviews with all kinds of writers, and discussions on banoffee pie, creative dates, and a glorious Word of the Week. And who doesn’t love an Aussie accent? On ya, girls!

I think that’s as good a place as any to call time on this post. Look out for Part 2! (I may or may not be kidding.)

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