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Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2022

Here are the top live streams, podcasts, and YouTube channels as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

Here are the top live streams, podcasts, and YouTube channels as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2022

Author Level Up

Youtube.com/c/AuthorLevelUp

Michael La Ronn is responsible for the wealth of information on “Author Level Up.” If you have a question about self-publishing or about tools to help you write more efficiently, chances are that he’ll have an answer for you.

Hello Future Me

Youtube.com/c/HelloFutureMe

Author Tim Hickson’s YouTube vlog focuses on various world-building and philosophical topics, including how to construct realistic class systems and handling mental illness in video game writing. He takes several well-known book and television series and breaks them down to show writers how a story can be its most successful.

Lessons From the Screenplay

Youtube.com/c/LessonsfromtheScreenplay

This YouTube channel, created and hosted by Michael Tucker, analyzes movie scripts to show how and why they work from a storytelling standpoint. “Lessons From the Screenplay” aims to be a fun way to learn more about your favorite films and help us all become better storytellers.

The Editing Podcast

LouiseHarnbyProofreader.com/podcast

This podcast hosted by Louise Harnby and Denise Howe serves as a great resource for authors who want to hire an editor but don’t know what to look for. Episodes break down everything from types of editing to how to find the right editor for the kind of writing you do to what to expect from your editor. Plus, there are tips for grammar and punctuation, style guides, and much more.

My Imaginary Friends

LPenelope.com/podcast

This weekly podcast is hosted by L. Penelope, author of fantasy and paranormal romance. She shares the ups and downs of her writing projects, hot topics in the book world, and what it’s like working as both a traditionally published and self-published author.

Print Run Podcast

PrintRunPodcast.com

Co-hosts Laura Zats and Erik Hane are Minnesota-based literary agents who share a passion for diving into literary and publishing topics frankly. This conversational podcast covers everything from tackling the “Am I good enough?” mindset to the rise of Omegaverse romance fiction.

The Creative Shift Podcast With Dan Blank

WeGrowMedia.com/thepodcast

This podcast, created and hosted by author Dan Blank, features interviews with writers and artists on how ideas grow into finished pieces of work—from better decision-making to dealing with anxiety and laying out the realities of having a full-time creative career.

The Writing Community Chat Show

TheWritingCommunityChatShow.com

Born from the positive experience of Twitter’s writing community, this podcast is hosted by Christopher Aggett and Chris Hooley and focuses on spotlighting indie authors and connecting them with other indie authors who’ve been writing successfully for years.

Writing Excuses

WritingExcuses.com

Now into its 17th season, this weekly podcast has episodes ranging from 15–25 minutes long; they’re the perfect length for when you need a quick break without getting too far away from writing headspace. Featuring a rotating group of regular hosts, plus author and agent guests, they cover everything from craft to career.

BONUS: “Book It!”

BookItPod.com

After putting together the 2021 Best Websites list, the WD editors started listening to the “Book It!” podcast hosted by Michael Woodson and Jill Burket Ragase. We wanted to include it for the frank and thoughtful conversations they have about books with each other and with authors. In the interim, Michael joined the WD team as an editor. While we didn’t want to include a staff member’s work on the official list, we also didn’t want to leave off a deserving podcast!

View the best creativity websites from our 2022 round-up here.

Proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics make your writing correct. In order to truly write well, you must also master the art of form and composition. From sentence structure to polishing your prose, this course will enhance your writing, no matter what type of writing you do.

Proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics make your writing correct. In order to truly write well, you must also master the art of form and composition. From sentence structure to polishing your prose, this course will enhance your writing, no matter what type of writing you do.

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How Can I Help You?

How Can I Help You?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Phong Nguyen discusses his lifelong dream of writing his new historical fiction novel, Bronze Drum.

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.

From Script

Art and Independence (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” television writer Vanessa Benton, Allegoria writer-director Spider One, Hulu’s Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison and director Dan Trachtenberg, and more!

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Steven Hartov discusses the surprising truths he discovered when writing his new historical fiction novel, The Last of the Seven.

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Award-winning author Larry Beinhart discusses what he learned in the process of writing his new mystery novel, The Deal Goes Down.

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WD Presents: A Competition Announcement, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our self-published e-book awards, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Award-winning playwright and author Leah Franqui discusses how she examined her life through a fictive lens with her new novel, After the Hurricane.

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch discusses how to pace your story's fight scene and shares three examples from writers who tackle pacing differently.