writing and creativity podcasts

Creativity Podcasts

July 4, 2018Susan

Listening to podcasts is something I really love to do.

Sometime when I’m out walking, or sitting in the garden but more often than not I’ll be emptying the dishwasher or making packed lunches whilst I listen. I wanted to share with you some podcasts I enjoy. They have themes of creativity, writing and being online, I hope you find something you like.

Some of the shows I’m been listening to for a while, others are fairly new to me and I’ve really been enjoying them. I love finding podcasts on recommendation so I’m paying it forward. Let me know what you favorites are below, I’m always interested in new voices.

note- some of these are “writers” podcasts but I think anyone creative would get something out of these.

Writers Routine

Personally, I thrive on routine, a flexible one, but nevertheless a routine. I’m fascinated by where writers and creatives work, and their routines during their writing days. How long they work for and what time of the day, even what snacks they have to hand. This podcast interviews one writer each episode and the listener gets an insight into the different types of routine that work for writers and authors. Find it here or through your usual podcast app.

Hashtag Authentic

This podcast is commonplace on these “my favourite podcasts” type posts and this one is no different. Sara from Me&Orla interviews all types of creatives about their work and how they stay true to themselves. She asks all the questions we want to know the answer to. I’ve found some brilliant, inspiring people via listening to this show. Listen in here.

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Style Your Mind

This is a fairly new one for me so I haven’t listened to much, but what I have heard is uplifting. It’s about changing mindsets and creating a life you really want, it’s inspiring self-help. Something to listen to if you need motivating or feel like you want to change your life for the better. Get inspired here.

Story Grid Podcast (and sister podcast Editor Roundtable)

This is mainly for storytellers (and the curious) be that filmmakers, novelists and similar. Long form stories are broken down into elements that make up the Story Grid a method of structuring stories. There’s a book that goes with this and a whole website dedicated to the Story Grid. It’s rather in-depth but fascinating to listen to. Link both here.

The Bestseller Experiment

Another bookish podcast here. Interviews with authors and they’ve had some brilliant writers on, including Joanne Harris and Bryan Cranston. The discussion depends on the guest but often includes tips on writing and trying to answer the question, what makes a bestseller? Link here.

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The Robcast- Specifically The Undernet Episodes

I’m recommending the Undernet episodes here as I haven’t listened to any others. These are fascinating, it is about the underbelly of the internet and how it works. I was nodding all the way through, during the first episode especially. Rob is extremely quotable, my favourite being, “There is no correlation whatsoever between number of views and quality of content”, can I get an Amen?! Episode 192 here.

The Secret Library Podcast

This is a podcast I found last year but really want to dig into the archives as it’s been around since 2016. Pitched as “the secret of writing books”, again I believe this could be applied to any creative process. The host, Caroline Donahue wants to get to the bottom of what it takes to create a book and she interviews authors, editors and agents to help her, and us, in that quest. Find it here.

The Riff Raff Podcast

I found this podcast one day on a train journey back from London to Manchester. I love that it is British and the hosts, Amy and Rosy, ask all the questions I would ask. And it’s funny. It has a slight focus on debut authors and it is fascinating listening to the path to publication stories from each interviewee. Riff Raff also put on author/writer events in London. Listen here.


I’ve been listening to this podcast since the very first episode and I love Kat’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the blogging world. She invites a wide variety of creatives on the show to interview them all about their processes and how their creative journey has brought them to where they are now. I have a few to catch up on but this is a really uplifting podcast, and I always end up googling to find out more about the guests. Check out the episode guide here.

Teenage Scream

This one is a bit of a wildcard. I have an inkling that many of you, my lovely readers, are around the same age as me and you might have been as obsessed with the Point Horror books in the 1990s as I was. I could be wrong, but I couldn’t resist including this brand new podcast, I’ve listened to the first episode and it brought back memories of me reading The Lifeguard in my parents back garden one summer in the mid-nineties. Find it here or in your regular podcast app.


Photos by Alexander Ward in my back garden

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Comments (21)

  • fashionforlunch

    July 4, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I love this edit susie! HAve you ever tried ‘longform’ podcast? That’s interviews with writers about their processes- so good!

    1. Susie

      July 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      I’ll definitely be checking that out thanks Kirsty!

  • Lucy

    July 5, 2018 at 7:18 am

    This is brilliant. It’s so helpful to know where to look with a sea of podcasts out there. I’m really intrigued by the Teenage Scream one. Enjoying reading this post x

    1. Susie

      July 5, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks so much Lucy, there are so many, its great to get recommendations x

  • Karen

    July 5, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Love this post Sus! I’m always stuck on where to star with podcast. Definitely going to look up the Point Horror one! I had such a massive collection when I was younger and I’m so gutted I never kept them! My favourite one was battered from so much use and it had a picture of a boat on the front – no idea what the title was!

    1. Susie

      July 5, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Oh, Karen! I might’ve known you’d be a PH fan!

  • Sophie

    July 5, 2018 at 11:56 am

    this is a wonderful list! I love podcasts too. already a fan of Hashtag authentic but I will check the others out!

    1. Susie

      July 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Cheers Sophie- do let me know if you end up loving any of them x

  • Jo

    July 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I love a podcast too but my choices are really eclectic because they tend to be things I just happen across.

    1. Susie

      July 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      It’s weird how you can stumble onto really interesting things isn’t it!

  • Aimee

    July 5, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I love this!
    I listened to my first podcast this week actually (dont know how im so behind!!) It was by Dr Chatterjee well worth a listen ☺️
    Thank you for sharing your faves I will have to give them a listen for sure!

    1. Susie

      July 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      I’ll look that one up, have a great weekend xx

  • Anders Jørgensen

    July 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I might start to listening more to podcasts in general after reading this post.

    1. Susie

      July 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Such a great way of learning!

  • Juan Sandiego

    July 14, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations, Susan. I’m so glad podcasts are stronger than ever. I listen to them in my old iPod Classic and it feels so retro, like an old lady sitting by the wireless! Off to listen to your picks now.

    1. Susie

      July 15, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Oh I love the sound of that! Have you written about your fave’s Juan?

  • Bec – views from my garden bench

    July 15, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    ah there are some great podcasts on here – which I’ll investigate particularly the writing ones. Thank you. Love Bec xx

    1. Susie

      July 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Aw, glad you enjoyed reading. Hope you are well Bec x

      1. Bec – views from my garden bench

        July 16, 2018 at 9:34 pm

        Im good Susie – enjoying the hot weather – helps my joints 🙂 hope novel writing going well. hope see you soon love Bec xx

  • MissPond

    July 16, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I must admit I’ve not really listened to podcasts, you’ve encouraged me to give them a go!

    1. Susie

      July 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      You definitely should!

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