• Five New Podcasts That Inspire Me

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    I’ve always loved podcasts, but recently, I’ve discovered a few that really get my creative juices flowing. Now that I work from home, I listen to a lot of podcasts. I was thrilled to have discovered some that trigger my brain to get busy.

    For one reason or another, these are the podcasts that ignite my creative processes and end up inspiring my writing. As a result, they’re podcasts that I’m grateful for and podcasts that I feel like everyone should listen to. Regardless of your writing and creative pursuits, these podcasts should be of great use to anyone who needs a little inspiration from time to time–even if it comes from some unconventional places. Whether you’re into podcasts or not, I hope you’ll at least give these beauties a listen.

    Here are five new-to-me podcasts that have primed my writing pump.


    Oh my God. I don’t know why it took me so long to find this podcast. It’s my latest favorite. Basically, Limetown is a serial docudrama that follows a fictionalized disappearance of an entire town. There’s only one season out so far, but every second of it will leave you wanting more. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. If you love suspense, you should definitely check out this one.

    This American Life

    Disclaimer: I’ve been listening to this podcast since 2010. I also realize it’s not “new” by any stretch of the imagination. With that being said, it’s the podcast that got me started on podcasts, and it remains one of my favorites. The storytelling methods and the stories themselves are superb, and I’ve gotten story ideas from several different episodes. If you like hearing about people who may be living differently than you, download a few episodes of This American Life.


    I write thrillers, which means I also read a lot of thrillers. In fact, I’m a huge fan of thrillers of all shapes and sizes, including true crime dramas. Criminal hits my sweet spot. The episodes are short, stand-alone narratives that cover a single crime in a way that engages you until the conclusion. If you like true crime as much as I do, I can’t recommend this podcast enough.

    Note to Self

    I love technology. I love podcasts about technology. In Note to Self, each episode explores a different way that technology is impacting our lives. This podcast makes me want to write more science fiction. If you like fascinating stories about cool people and the future, you’re going to want to download this podcast right away.

    The Truth

    This is another great storytelling podcast I found only recently. Like Limetown, everything presented by the podcast is fictional. Rather than presenting a serialized story, however, The Truth offers several short radio dramas per episode—some spooky, some heartfelt—but all unforgettable. Some of them even remind me of the TV show Black Mirror. Definitely go ahead and give this one a listen.

    Of course, there are more podcasts I could recommend. I thought about including the few podcasts about writing that I listen to, but that doesn’t fit the nature of this post. Instead, I wanted to share with you some podcasts you might not have heard of that yield unexpected inspiration dividends.

    How do you feel about podcasts? What other shows should I be listening to?

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  • Novel Playlist: REFLECTIONS

    Note: I shared some of this playlist in a previous post, but since the Blood and Water playlist got a post of its own, I feel like the Reflections one should, too. Also, I’ve added more songs. Enjoy!
    Novel Playlist: REFLECTIONS

    love making playlists. Like I’ve mentioned before, one of the first things I do when I start a new WIP is make a playlist to listen to while I’m working on it. And since I just started working on Reflections, I just had to share the playlist I’ve created.

    Creating a novel playlist is a great way to get you in the mood to write your novel. As soon as I press play, my brain knows it’s time to get into the zone. I make sure to only listen to this playlist when I’m writing Reflections, so the association is set in stone. If you’re feeling stuck with a project, try putting together some songs that remind your of your story so far.

    For my Reflections playlist, I chose songs based on their lyrics, tempos, and moods. Check out the track list below.


    1.  Waiting for Love by Avicii 2. Shut Up And Dance by Walk the Moon 3. Elastic Heart by Sia 4. Fight Song by Rachel Platten 5. Photograph by Ed Sheeran 6. Vintage by High Dive Heart 7. Hold Me Down by Halsey 8. Roses by The Chainsmokers 9. Smooth Sailin’ by Leon Bridges 10. Ghost Town by Adam Lambert 11. Majestic by Wax Fang 12. Fools Gold by Fitz and The Tantrums 13. Seven Wonders by Fleetwood Mac 14. No Rain by Blind Melon 15. South by Hippo Campus 16. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival 17. Swing Life Away by Rise Against 18. Not in Love by Crystal Castles 19. The State of Dreaming by Marina and The Diamonds 20. Recover by CHVRCHES 21. Mirror by Ellie Goulding 22. Devil May Cry by The Weeknd 23. Silhouettes by Of Monsters and Men 24. Shelter from the Storm by Bob Dylan 25. The Sound of Silence–Reprise by Simon & Garfunkel 26. Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine 27. Devil May Care by Half Moon Run 28. Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promises by The Avett Brothers

    Want to listen to the playlist for yourself? Click here.

    What other songs should I add to this playlist?

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