Do you spend considerable time in your car, out and about, or on the go? I spend extensive time daily in the school pick-up line or walking around the school. My children get out 45 minutes apart, and parking is a little daily dance of making sure you park on the right side of the road, so you don’t get stuck in traffic later on your way out. How do I best make use of my waiting time? Well, of course, writing is always my first choice, but sometimes it flows; other times, it just doesn’t. What I’ve found super helpful during these times is listening to podcasts.
But how do podcasts grow your writing? I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that for me, they are:
-Inspirational! They show me what other authors go through on their path to publication and how different and/or similar that journey might look to my own. They remind me that this writing/submitting/seeking publication process takes time.
-Provide story ideas and often help nurture ideas I already have in my book.
-They encourage me to research.
-Provide mentor texts to read and analyze.
-Help me feel like I’m part of the larger #kidlit community
-Make me laugh and cry and feel!
Here are several of my favorite kidlit podcasts and two that are not specific to kidlit. I encourage you to listen to podcasts in other subject areas that interest you because they also provide inspiration and story ideas that will help nurture and grow your writing!