• Shea Simmons

3 Writing Podcasts To Motivate You To Write Your Book

In case you hadn't heard, I'm writing a book. Specifically, I'm working on a young adult contemporary fantasy about witches, ghosts, and family secrets. If you're also writing a book or thinking of writing one, you know that it can be difficult. There's self-doubt and days where you don't feel motivated and fears that you're wasting your time. If you're feeling things these, though, I could have a solution for you with these 3 writing podcasts.


The truth is that many aspiring authors feel alone. After all, writing is a solitary activity, but you're not. I promise. There are tons of us out there and lots of published authors and professionals who want to see us succeed. If you need a bit of extra oomph, though, these 3 young adult and middle grade focused writing podcasts may just do the trick.


Looking for some motivation? Give these podcasts a listen.


1. 88 Cups of Tea

88 Cups of Tea is essentially the support group meets podcast of your writerly dreams. Run by the talented Yin Chang, the podcast features predominantly young adult authors who tell their stories of how they began writing, their writing process, and advice for aspiring authors. Plus, if you do decide that you want to take the plunge and find a writing support group, the 88 Cups of Tea Storytellers group is SO supportive (I promise, I'm a member myself). If you want to write young adult or middle grade, it's definitely a podcast you can't miss.


2. First Draft by Sarah Enni

3. PubCrawl

If you want the low down on the publishing industry, advice on querying, and great talk about the craft of writing, leave it to author S. Jae-Jones (yes, the S. Jae-Jones of Wintersong and Shadowsong) and former contracts manager turned literary agent Kelly Van Sant of Pub(lishing) Crawl. Both women have years of experience in the publishing industry, and they spare no details about the truth of publishing and the road to publication. This pair balances being optimistic while also being realistic about how difficult the business of art can be, and it's a must-listen.


If you're feeling a little down and want a pick me up, try these 3 ya and middle grade focused writing podcasts and maybe start tackling that word count again.



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