Monday, August 21, 2017

Do you have a favorite app or podcast that you recommend to writers?

Hey, writers! We have two weeks left of panel questions, which has been a super fun way to discuss writing topics that aren't conducive to a traditional post. It's also been a great way for us to learn about you!

Our panel question for today is, "Do you have a favorite app or podcast that you recommend to writers?"

Shannon Dittemore
I always recommend the podcast Writing Excuses. I always feel so smart after I listen and each episode is short enough that I can cram it in while I drive around town.

Jill Williamson
I used to love Writing Excuses, though I haven’t listened to them in a few years. I don’t have much time in which I can listen to podcasts these days.

Stephanie Morrill
Shan and Jill, your answers made me laugh. Obviously I'm the one who picked this question!

I don't have any apps that I use for writing, other than Google Keep for jotting down story ideas, but I do have lots and lots of podcasts!

Here are all the podcasts (other than the aforementioned Writing Excuses) I subscribe to that benefit my writing:


10 Minute Writer's Workshop: This one is put out by New Hampshire Public Radio and, as the title suggests, these are short interviews with writers. Big deal writers like Judy Blume, Jodi Picoult, John Scalzi, Tana French, and so on.

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing: Surprisingly interesting, even for someone like me who doesn't looove grammar.

Helping Writers Become Authors: K.M. Weiland consistently serves up excellent writing advice with loads of easy-to-understand examples. This is my favorite craft podcast.

HopeWriters: If you're a Christian and a writer, this one is fabulous. If you're not, might not be your thing.


Building a Story Brand With Donald Miller: Though Donald Miller is a nonfiction writer, this podcast isn't really for writers. But it's a lot of marketing and branding advice for entrepreneurs. If you're into that kind of thing, it's worth checking out.

Create If Writing: A weekly podcast for writers and bloggers who want to grow their platform without being smarmy.

The Creative Penn: If you're interested in self-publishing, this is a must-listen podcast. I find the business stuff interesting, but I usually just pick and choose the episodes that I think will apply to me.

General knowledge:

Stuff You Missed in History Class: This is my biggest podcast obsession. These are 30 to 40 minute shows put out twice a week about all kinds of things in history. It was their two-part episode on Executive Order 9066 that inspired the WWII era novel of mine that will come out from Blink/HarperCollins in 2019. (More details on that later!)

Stuff You Should Know: Another great podcast that will broaden your knowledge. Their topics are really varied. I've listened to everything from an episode on toilet paper to one on grave robbing. You just never know what they're going to talk about.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: If you're looking for brief overviews on history, this isn't the podcast for you. But if you want a 6 hour podcast on topics like "The Celtic Holocaust" then I would check this one out. What I've listened to of his is never needlessly graphic, but if you're younger or sensitive to topics revolving around battle or war, I would proceed with caution.

I've tried a lot of other writing podcasts too, but these are my favorites!

What about you? Any must-have apps or must-subscribe podcasts?


  1. I've never listened to a podcast, I'll have to check some of these out sometime.

  2. I don't use either. I sometimes watch writing videos on YouTube, but that's it. I don't listen to podcasts or use apps to write.


  3. I have the app Writeometer on my phone, and I love it. In this app, I can create multiple writing projects with word count goals and deadlines. My favorite part is the stats--how many words I need to write per day to meet my goal, how many days I met my word count goal, my writing streak, etc.

  4. "The Most Dangerous Writing App" it works online too...and it is pretty amazing for getting over writer's block. Basically you set either a word or time goal and have to write furiously and if you slow down you lose your work...but it's fairly reasonable and it's good for getting the words out and writing up short scenes.

    Also thank you for sharing all these podcasts! I will definitely have to check them out!

    Anna |

    1. I would be so freaked out to lose my work that I would probably mess up. Interesting concept, though.


  5. I've checked out the Stuff You Missed in History Class, and the Writing Excuses podcasts so far and I'm glad I did! I'll be checking out the others eventually, thanks so much for sharing! =)

  6. I use the Scrivener, Word, and Dictionary app. I splurgged and purchased the Scrivener with an iTunes giftcard. I love Scrivener. It helps to organize my work, like putting each chapters in a folder and Characters, Scenes, and research in binders. Because it's on my iPad, it keeps me from lugging my laptop around. Of course, it's on my laptop too and I'm able to sinc them together. The down side, I think I might have ADD and get distracted by all the "stuff" I have organized. When that happens, though, I am able to send the chapter I'm editing from Scrivener to Word. I love using tracks in Word. Something I'm not able to do in Scrivener. When I'm done with the chapter, I copy and past it back into Scrivener. One day, when I'm done with all the editing process, I'll be able to use Scrivener to compile it all together. I have lots of options including turning it into an ebook. I also said I use the Dictionary app. It's not just dictionary, it's a thesaurus, too. Great to use when you want a synonym. Sometimes, I'll have my laptop open working editing a chapter, my iPad open with Scrivener open to research, and dictionary app open on my phone. Must be that ADD thing. lol.

  7. Bwahahahahahaha! Clearly, CLEARLY, Jill and I need to get our podcast acts together.

  8. The only podcasts I listen to are by Ted Dekker - and I love his! Sell Out was amazing :D

    1. But I think I shall try these ones you all linked :D