As we finish this week’s posts about energy, I want to share something that works well for me. Listening to podcasts, which I usually do while taking a walk, does wonders when I need to boost or maintain my mental energy for writing.

Something about listening to human voices discuss their own experiences and suggestions—more so than reading a book about writing or even watching a video—helps me to feel part of a larger purpose and community. I also learn a lot of valuable information and practical tips.

Here are three of my current favorite podcasts. Please share your own in the comments!

New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Each month New Yorker fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, asks an author to choose and read a favorite New Yorker story, which they then discuss. Available from iTunes.

Creative Penn Podcast

Joanna Penn’s infectious personality and the quality of her guests make this bi-weekly podcast on writing, publishing, and book marketing one of my favorites. Available from iTunes.

The Portfolio Life Podcast with Jeff Goins

Writer Jeff Goins introduces his podcast as follows: “You are not just what you do. You were made for more than just one thing. Your life is a portfolio of activities, all of which make you who you are.” Available from iTunes.

 What are your favorite podcasts for writers?