As many of you know, I spend a good amount of time listening to podcasts while on daily walks. Over the years, I’ve highlighted some writing podcasts, notably Writing Excuses and the Odyssey Writing Workshops. But these are oriented toward science fiction and fantasy writing.
Recently I discovered Kelton Reid’s The Writer Files, a podcast where he interviews a wide swath of authors on their writing methods. After spending the last few months going through much of its archives, I think this is a podcast I can definitely recommend checking out.
I would caution not to jump to any conclusions after one episode though. The quality can vary a lot. The first one I tried was pretty lackluster, which led to me bypassing the podcast for a while. Eventually I gave another episode a try, and it was much better.
Reid himself generally asks the same questions of every author he interviews, but the openness and cogency of the interviewed authors ranges from fairly closed and evasive, to providing a detailed description of their writing process, with most somewhere in between. Some authors have movie or TV deals and steer the conversation into name dropping gossip. Others I suspect are making stuff up. One or two I wondered about their mental health.
But when you hit a bestselling author who is open about their process, and a remarkable number are, it’s like striking gold. The overall sense you get from most of them is that it’s about showing up everyday and putting down words, the daily slog. Although down to earth craft advice comes out as well. Still having that basic advice confirmed by successful authors is inspirational, at least for me.
So if you’re an aspiring author, or even an existing one needing to hear how others do it, this podcast is worth checking out.
Have you listened to it? If so, what did you think? Any other writing podcasts you listen to and can recommend?