Top Three Tim Ferriss Interviews for Aspiring Writers

You are a mixture of the five podcasts you surround yourself with, so make sure to spend your listening time wisely

If you want to improve yourself as a writer, then take a break from the drafting, go for a walk, and listen to Tim Ferriss interview some fantastic authors.

Long-form interviews provide an opportunity to be the fly on the wall as two experts discuss, in detail, their thoughts on a wide range of topics.

About the Tim Ferris Show

I have listened to so much of Tim’s podcasts, that I feel a closeness to Tim that would probably make him uncomfortable if we ever met.

When I talk to people in a one-on-one setting, over dinner, coffee, on a hike, or on the phone while they’re in quarantine, I struggle not to mention something I have heard on the Tim Ferriss show. It is simply an incredible resource for people looking to improve themselves.

The Tim Ferriss Show is often the #1 business podcast on all of Apple Podcasts, and it’s been ranked #1 out of 500,000+ podcasts on many occasions. It is the first business/interview podcast to pass 100,000,000 downloads, it has been selected as “Best of” Apple Podcasts for three years running, and readers of Fortune Magazine‘s Term Sheet recently selected The Tim Ferriss Show as their top business podcast. It has now surpassed 600M downloads.

I remember walking around the Jing’An Kerry Centre in Shanghai listening to the Secretary Madeleine Albright, I remember being at the gym listening to Matthew McConaughey, and I remember the Airbnb I was staying in two years ago listening to the episode with Ryan Flaherty — it was on the sixth floor, it was summer, and there was no lift.

Below, I share an overview of the top three episodes of the Tim Ferriss shows as they relate to the topic of Writing.

This piece is the first in a series of Top Three Tim Ferriss show podcasts. Here, we begin with episodes on writing, and following series will include topics on the Arts, business, finance, and incredible stories.

Top three episodes

1. Maria Popova — The Queen of Blogging (

What I like: Popova curates one of the best blogs online. As a writer, the format of her work is simple, and executed impeccably. Her blog provides a great template for any aspiring blogger to emulate. She’s also super committed to her work.

I’ve cheated and put up both of her episodes

2. Neil Gaiman — Quantity, and Quality, in writing (

What makes this interview so good, is Tim is a massive Neil Gaiman fan. Bear with him as he geeks out a little. Neil is a great author for quantity and quality. He is cut more from the Stephen King cloth, than the George R.R. Martin one (he puts out a lot of books), and the discussion on his process is a great listen for avid writers.

3. Neil Strauss — A great discussion on the editing process (

This may be the first top 3 list to contain two Neils (aside from the list for Top 3 Neils). This episode provided many talking points, but the best part for me was Neil and Tim’s discussion on editing. I like this conversation as much for what Tim brings to the table as I do for what Neil does.

All credit to Tim Ferriss for his fantastic podcast. Thanks for everything.

Essayist and start up-er based in Shanghai, writing stories from everyday life and doing business in China.

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