Writing Podcast Update for Monday, May 30

Reminder to Writing podcasters…if your podcast is missing from the menu on the left, then I’m not checking your site for updates. Please leave a comment if you wish to be included!

New Podcasts This Week
Thanks again to Jeff Rutherford of the Reading and Writing Podcast for two more writing podcasts to check out weekly.

I’ll be reviewing these for updates on a weekly basis from now on as well.

For Monday, May 30:



Writing Podcast Update for Monday, May 23

Reminder to Writing podcasters…if your podcast is missing from the menu on the left, then I’m not checking your site for updates. Please leave a comment if you wish to be included!

New Podcasts This Week
Thanks to Jeff Rutherford of the Reading and Writing Podcast, I will be following two new podcasts for updates each week:

  • If You’re Just Joining Us – well-produced interviews with Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, updated every 2-3 weeks
  • Books on the Nightstand – two employees of Random House with unique insights into the publishing industry discuss books and reading

Neither podcast has been updated since the 16th, but from now on when they do update, I’ll be including them in my weekly review.

For Monday, May 23:

  • Writing Excuses – Their May 23 update, 5.38 Dialog with John Scalzi features some great tips on writing dialog in fiction, including Mr. Scalzi’s statement that “Dialog is not speech, it is a speech-like process that is used to convey information in a story.” Also, Brandon talks about advice he received to watch The Thin Man for dialog tips, and Howard discusses fitting his dialog into “those tiny cartoon bubbles.”
  • I Should Be Writing #201 – Mur has two updates this week. Her first, Episode #201 – Feedback Returns answers lots of different writing questions, including how to respond to agents and editors after receiving a rejection containing feedback from them. Mur also tells us about her upcoming conference schedule.
  • I Should Be Writing #202 – Mur’s second update this week, Episode #202 – Being Smart/Howard Andrew Jones Interview features an interview with Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls, a work he says was inspired partly by Ramadan, issue #50 of Sandman by Neil Gaiman, one of my favorites as well.
  • Reading and Writing PodcastEpisode 039 – this week’s interview by Jeff is with Steve Alten, author of the new novel Grim Reaper: End of Days. I’m a big fan of his first novel, Meg, but need to catch up on his other works.
  • The Writing Show – Paula provides Slush Pile Workshop #14 this week, featuring three submissions read and critiqued off the top of the slush pile, including a work of literary fiction, one in the supernatural horror genre, and a portion of a short story, or perhaps part of a mosaic novel.


Writing Podcast Update for Monday, May 16

This, I think, will be a regular feature of the blog. Hopefully every Monday.

Because each Monday morning I travel around the internet looking for which of my favorite writing podcast sites have issued updates, I might as well save you the trouble of doing the same.

So please return here each Monday to find out which writing podcasts have new updates, along with a short description and review of the content.

Writing podcasters…if your podcast is missing from the menu on the left, then I’m not checking your site for updates. Please leave a comment if you wish to be included!

For Monday, May 16:

  • Writing Excuses – Always dependable, their May 16 update, 5.37 Parody and Satire with Jim Hines discusses the difference between satire and parody and using both in your writing
  • I Should Be Writing – Mur reaches episode #200! and discusses her writing and professional status, ebooks and the listless feeling writers often feel after finishing a book.
  • Reading and Writing PodcastEpisode 038 features an interview with James Benn, who discusses his Billy Boyle World War II Mystery series.
  • Pen on Fire (Writers on Writing) – Finally, several updates were issued for Pen on Fire last week that unfortunately I haven’t had time to check out today. Give them a listen and let me know what you think in the comments:


Call for writing podcasts

Welcome to the first post of my new blog.  Since this blog will be mostly about writing, with some travel and sports thrown in, I figure the first post* should be about just that – writing.

(*This isn’t entirely true.  I started this blog about a week ago and had a “Hey, I’m here but I have nothing to say yet” post sitting here about a week.  Please forgive me if I go ahead and delete that one and call this one my first post).

Okay, so…the first post.  Something about writing. Right.

How about podcasts?  Writing podcasts.  There aren’t enough of them, in my humble opinion.

The ones I follow seem to be updated by Monday morning.  The most regularly updated is Writing Excuses. The three guys running it (Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells and Howard Tayler) are like clockwork, and when I sit down at my desk on a Monday morning and find a fresh podcast about writing waiting for me, it’s always much appreciated. Thanks much, guys.

But…they’re short. Their motto is “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” That fifteen minutes is probably one of the things that keeps them posting those ‘casts on such a regular schedule. But, here’s the thing, guys. When it comes to writing advice, I’m not in a hurry. Oh, and you really are that smart. So feel free to make them longer any time. As long as you keep the schedule regular like you have been.

Demanding, aren’t I?

Then there’s I should be writing by Mur Lafferty. She’s fairly regular, and her content is always good. I enjoy the chuckle of her “Good Cop, Bad Cop” segments with Matt Wallace. She’s got a couple of different show formats as well, which is nice for variety.

The Writing Show is all “Slush Pile Workshops” now, which are informative. It’s also routinely the longest show, though that’s mostly because of all of the reading of submissions Paula Berinstein does. I’d love to see her involve another opinion, perhaps a rotating agent or two, in her reviews of the manuscripts she reads.

The Reading and Writing Podcast is an interview format, in which mostly thriller writers are interviewed. The interviews are great, though sometimes the questions are repetitive (seemingly intentionally) and it takes nearly a month between interviews.

Finally, I occasionally listen to Writers on Writing with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett. These interviews are well done, though for some reason I don’t keep it first in my rotation.

So, now that I’ve given you a rundown of the writing podcasts I already try to listen to regularly, what am I missing? There must be other great podcasts out there are writing that I simply haven’t discovered yet.

If I get some feedback, or if I just discover them on my own, I’ll try to periodically create updated posts with podcast links for those who are interested.

In the meantime, I’ll link the above, as well as the writing blogs I follow (another post coming on those soon) in the Blogroll on the left.