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10 Productive Podcasts For Writers

10 Productive Podcasts For Writers

By: Zach Diamond (Originally posted at chicagocontentlab.com)


If you’re looking for a quick break from writing, podcasts are a great way to take your mind off work while staying productive. Below is a list of 10 of our favorite podcasts that provide actionable lessons and inspirations to improve your writing.

  1. The GaryVee Audio Experience - If you aren’t familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk, think of him as the voice in your head telling you to stop being lazy, get up and hustle. GaryVee is absolutely merciless when it comes to making excuses and will provide you with the motivation you need to make sure you reach that next deadline. An accomplished entrepreneur and investor, GaryVee Audio offers casual conversations about business and marketing as well as short motivational audio segments from his daily vlog. From this podcast, you can learn how to capitalize on social media, boost your personal brand, and motivate yourself to ensure your success.

  2. Longform Podcast hosts different non-fiction writers each week to discuss their background and writing techniques. Hear how accomplished writers find inspiration and the tactics they use to efficiently tell their story. Keeping a non-fiction story entertaining can be difficult and this podcast offers great advice to stay engaging.

  3. The Moth - Re-airing episodes from the uber popular The Moth Radio Hour, the Moth Podcast showcases the art of storytelling at its finest. Founded over two decades ago, the Moth features a wide range of personalities from everyday people to cultural icons. For writers, the Moth provides examples of how to make stories captivating. Using syntax, vocabulary, and structure, storytellers on the Moth are masters at engaging their listeners and sending their message.

  4. The Tim Ferriss Show - Author of New York Times Best Seller, The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss hosts longform interviews with high-performance individuals from a variety of industries. Including actors, doctors, athletes, writers, and more, The Tim Ferriss Show provides a platform for successful people to share their paths to success and their habits to stay productive. Also worth checking out is his spin-off podcast Tribe of Mentors, created to promote his newest book. Like The Tim Ferriss Show, Tribe of Mentors features interviews with successful people, however, the episodes are shorter and less open-ended. Check out episode 11 with Tim Urban, author of popular blog, Wait But Why, where he discusses his techniques on researching a topic and writing about it quickly.

  5. The Marketing Book Podcast checks all of the boxes for must-know material in marketing. Douglas Burdett interviews different authors weekly about what is new in the ever-changing world of marketing and different strategies in sales, branding, and SEO. This podcast is both entertaining and informative, providing actionable insight to people trying to sharpen their marketing skills.

  6. On Brand - Author of Brand Now and Get Scrappy, Nick Westergaard hosts in-depth interviews with marketing and branding veterans. Nick and his guests break branding down into a science, giving valuable tips for building a brand both digitally and offline.

  7. High-Income Business Writing Podcast - Increasing your income as a writer can be one of the highest hurdles to jump as a writer. In this podcast, Ed Gandia answers some of the most difficult to ask questions about how to make a living off writing. From negotiating skills to time management practices, this podcast can equip you with the necessary tools to secure yourself as a writer.

  8. Duct Tape Marketing Podcast - Focusing mostly on advice for small businesses, marketing expert John Jantsch hosts this podcast to offer help in making your business successful. He interviews fellow marketing gurus and entrepreneurs to extract advice on how to be more productive and stay current in our digital world.

  9. The Story Grid Podcast offers dual perspectives of the writing world. Shawn Coyne, accomplished author and editor for the past 25 years, and Tim Grahl, a struggling writer in the beginning of his career, discuss the process of writing a story and finishing a product. Shawn coaches Tim as he writes his story, providing listeners with a case study of story writing. This podcast will teach you how to craft and structure a great story and how to edit it once completed.

  10. Ditch Diggers - Struggling with writer’s block? Matt Wallace and Mur Lafferty don’t hold back in motivating you to break through. This podcast focuses purely on the business side of writing - setting deadlines and meeting them consistently. This podcast is explicit, so be wary about listening in public, but if you’re having difficulties staying motivated and punctual, definitely take a listen.

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