Read Scripts to improve your Writing

Read Scripts to Become a Better Audio Drama Writer – and Have Fun While you do it Why Reading matters Good writers read. It’s a commonplace truth in the world of prose fiction and non-fiction writing that to be a…

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Tips and Suggestions for Writing Audio Drama for Kids

WRITING FOR KIDS This is a long post, so here’s the tldr (Too Long so Didn’t Read) version; Writing for kids is the same as writing for adults (requiring the same skills, plot structures, and character depth etc.) and only…

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Tips and Suggestions for Writing Romance in Audio Drama

TECHNIQUES AND STRUCTURES FOR WRITING ROMANCE A TEMPLATE FOR ROMANCE? More from the side project this week… but first, an admission. There are numerous kinds of scenes that I struggle with. I find romance hard to write. I find action…

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Suggestions for Writing Suspense in Audio Drama

TECHNIQUES FOR BUILDING SUSPENSE I’ve mentioned before that I have a side project where I write short pieces (scenes and stories) to explore different script writing techniques. I thought that this week I’d share an example in which I explored…

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A Generic Model for Writing Scary Stories in Audio Drama

A MODEL FOR WRITING SCARY STORIES Quick disclaimer: A model is an abstraction. It’s an artificial way of simplifying and organising ideas so that they can be applied in some practical way. Models are useful so long as we understand…

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Tips, Thoughts, and Wild Speculation about Writing Comedy for Audio Drama

IT IS TO LAUGH… I’ve been doing some thinking about writing comedy for audio drama; both its attractions and its dangers. I like to use humour throughout my plays (though none of them are, strictly speaking, comedies). I do this,…

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A Template for Creating Noir Stories in Audio Drama

TALKING GENRE: IT’S NOIR BABY! A friend of mine and I were talking recently about creating Noir stories. This is a summary of my understanding of how those old thrillers and detective tales are constructed. Noir isn’t necessarily reliant on…

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Simple Techniques to Help You Adapt a Story to Audio Drama – Part 3/3

IT’S JUST A (TIME, SETTING, GENRE) JUMP TO THE LEFT – ADAPTING A STORY FOR AUDIO (PART 3 and Final) One of the most interesting things about truly good stories for me is the extent to which they are independent…

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Simple Techniques to Help You Adapt a Story to Audio Drama – Part 2/3

THE INFINITE TELESCOPE – ADAPTING A STORY FOR AUDIO (PART 2) Between any two scenes in a work of fiction lie an infinite number of possibilities, or maybe I should say this is true between any intention and outcome expressed…

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Simple Techniques to Help You Adapt a Story to Audio Drama – Part 1/3

HOW TO ADAPT A STORY TO AUDIO DRAMA – PART 1 Some of us enjoy adapting stories for audio production… but frankly, it’s not an easy task. Today I thought I’d talk about one technique (among the many a writer…

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How to Decide on the Optimal Cast Size for your Scripts

HOW TO CHOOSE THE OPTIMAL CAST SIZE FOR YOUR SCRIPTS… WRITING FOR INFINITE VOICES Ultimately, the cast you need is the cast necessary to tell your story. That said, there are a number of practical considerations that should be taken…

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9 Great Techniques for Scene Transitions in Audio Drama

NINE GREAT TECHNIQUES FOR SCENE TRANSITIONS The scene is written. Your characters pursued their goal, encountered obstacles, faced a dilemma, and settled on a course of action to take in order to move forward. The scene is over and it…

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