Tools for improving as a writer

When writing fiction, one piece of advice you will often receive from critique partners or editors is to involve the senses more. Show us what your character is seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and feeling, both physically and emotionally. This helps your reader connect on a deep level with your protagonist.

The same advice can be given to you as a writer. Use your senses to improve your craft by writing more, reading more and listening to others share their insights and experiences. (I don’t suggest eating books as a way to get better, FYI.)

Many podcasts provide tips for writers on a variety of topics, from craft tips to managing your time to advice on self-publishing. I have a 45-minute commute to and from work each day, and I frequently spend that time listening to podcasts on writing or poker. Here are a few of my favorite writing podcasts.

The Self-Publishing Show

Independent legend Mark Dawson’s podcast features lots of tips on the business side of self-publishing. The show brings in guests who provide advice from their personal experiences for using Amazon Ads, Facebook Ads and other tools that help self-published authors promote their works to a wider audience. Weekly episodes range from 35 minutes to more than an hour. This is a must-listen if you are thinking about self-publishing.

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

The Kobo Writing Life Podcast features interviews with bestselling authors and industry experts. The focus of the show is selling more books, but guests often discuss ways to improve your writing as well. The show also provides news and updates about Kobo and the Kobo Writing Life platform.

How do you Write?

This weekly podcast by independent author/editor/writing coach Rachael Herron features interviews with published authors who discuss their writing process. The episodes are usually around half an hour long and include writing craft tips that can be very useful. She interviews authors in a wide range of genres as well.

The Creative Penn Podcast

The Creative Penn podcast is the brainchild of another legendary independent author, Joanna Penn. She posts episodes on Mondays and includes interviews and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing and creative entrepreneurship.

Do you have a favorite writing podcast? Leave a comment below and let me know why you like it so I can check it out.

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