Writing Excuses – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with the podcast: Writing Excuses. This show’s goal is to help mentor you in your creative writing efforts. The show has some amazing and dedicated hosts including:
Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette, Howard Taylor, and Dan Wells.

PodApplaud- Writing Excuses

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to take a look at the podcast: Writing Excuses.

Writing excuses is a panel-ish discussion in which Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette, Howard Taylor, Dan Wells, and even more guests hosts converge to talk about writing. There’s over 240 episodes in the podcast feed I was able to find on my podcast app, even more on listennotes, and even more on their official website: Writingexcuses.com. The show touts itself as a quick 15 minute production, but often runs a little over. Episodes are released once a week like clock work, so the show is very easy to incorporate into your schedule, that is if you are not busy working on the backlog.

The first day I listened to Writing excuses I saw that it wasn’t a show I had to necessarily listen to sequentially so I rounded up and downloaded a few episodes I found intriguing. I listened to them and downloaded some more immediately right after, and repeated this process a couple times. If you’re not familiar with the hosts of the podcasts we have some prolific novelist, a short story specialist, and a webcomic guru. This is not even accounting for the special hosts they get to join up for each season. The mixture of different career writers really offers healthy mixture of different writing advice each and every episode. Since season 11, oh by the way the show is on it’s 14th season apparently. Anyway since season 11 the show has picked one overarching theme to dive into for that season, with smaller sub themes each month. Season 11 was elemental genres, 12 structure, 13 character, and the current season 14 is focusing upon world building. There really is no shortage of quality discussion for you to tune into and the shortepisodes are titled specifically so it is very easy to target that special episode covering a topic you need to hear. Despite all their accomplishments this selection of writers is very approachable and fun in their discussions. I never feel like I am being talked down to, or that the topics are too inaccessible. The vibe feels more akin to sitting in on a peer sharing session, which I’m very grateful for.

So far I have found the podcast to be very helpful in getting me back into writing. I’ve been tossing around the idea of getting into the audio drama space and with the confidence I’ve been building listening to writing Excuses you may just see some original ideas out of me instead of reviews for other shows. Speaking of which I guess it is time I get to the rating.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I would give Writing Excuses a 5/5 every time. Each episode has given me something to think of and look further into. The show doesn’t pretend that it can finger quotes solve writing, but they do their best to enable you as much as possible, and point you towards more resources. As a bonus from just the first day of listening to the cast I came away with 4 book recommendations added to my library wishlist. I’m going to keep listening to this show, likely until I have caught up on the backlog and become a weekly listener. I would recommend the show to anyone at all interested in creative writing. If you write or even have a desire to do so, check out Writing Excuses.

That’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.