We could all use a little pep talk now and then, so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite podcasts. They’re great to listen to on a daily walk or commute, doing chores around the house, running errands, or just procrastinating doing whatever it is you think you should be doing. Some are writing specific, and some are about all things creative. We live in a very distracting, chaotic, and rather frustrating world, and I find these help at times to keep me on track and focused. All are available on Spotify (no affiliation) and free if you don’t mind some ads, but they are also available on other platforms as well.
The 21st Century Creative – Hosted by poet and creative coach Mark McGuinness, he shares his insights and ideas to help you thrive as a creative individual in today’s world. Each guest is a leader in the arts and creative industry, and every episode leaves you with a creative challenge at the end. Updated weekly, each episode is a little over an hour long.
The Accidental Creative – Host Todd Henry interviews artists, authors, and others on how to stay prolific and brilliant as a creative professional. Tips on how to work under pressure and how to thrive in life as well as work. New episodes every week, and almost all are under 30 minutes.
Writer’s Routine – Hosted by Dan Simpson, this podcast examines, you guessed it, the daily routines of successful writers. Interviews are with writers of all genres, exploring their processes and habits. Episodes are added weekly and run about 45 minutes each.
Creative Pep Talk – Andy J. Pizza hosts this weekly check-in to keep you on track and moving forward on your creative goals. Stories, tips, tricks, and interviews with a diverse range of creative professionals make it a fun and lively podcast. It’s updated weekly, and episodes run from 45 minutes to an hour.
Write About Now – Host Jonathan Small features in-depth interviews with writers across all fields, from journalists and novelists to screenwriters and poets. Insight on how they became successful, tips, and inspiration. Updated weekly, with each episode running about an hour.
The Unmistakable Creative – Hosted by Srinivas Rao, this podcast promises “timeless practical wisdom for living a meaningful life with inspiring stories and practical advice from creatives, entrepreneurs, change-makers, misfits, and rebels to help you become successful on your own terms.” Five episodes a week that run about an hour each.
So You Want To Be A Writer – Hosted by Valerie Khoo, CEO of the Australian Writers Centre, it’s a down-to-the-basics podcast about succeeding in writing and publishing. Informative, practical, and useful information. Weekly episodes run from 45 minutes to an hour.
Creativity In Captivity – Pat Hazell and friends talk with everyone from designers to dancers, and musicians to artists on the nature of their creativity, sharing their insights on process, craft, and inspiration. Updated weekly and running about an hour per episode.
Art For All – Hosted by best-selling author (and wonderful artist) Danny Gregory, it’s packed with inspiration and advice to get you up and creating things. No new episodes since May, but the archives are great and worth a listen. Each episode is about an hour.
The Writing Coach – Host Rebecca L. Weber takes on all the difficulties in being a writer, from time management and imposter syndrome to marketing and selling your work. Great advice on all things writing. Several episodes a week, each under 20 minutes.