Philip Robotham


Where Death Comes Uninvited – Episode 5 – Decisions for the Dead

Below we present the complete text of “Decisions for the Dead”, episode 5 of our new Weird Western; Where Death Comes Uninvited. This is a brand new (unpublished) series (featuring a brand new roster of heroes including Jim Wilkes – the Sheriff, Annie Deems – the Crack Shot, Speeding Elk … Continue reading

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5 Common Twists and a Model for Writing Short One Act Plays

FIVE COMMON TWISTS Twist endings are the result of a sudden reversal that thwarts the outcome a character has been working towards. There are five common types, three that depend on a surprising revelation and two that depend on the intervention of a surprising event. In the first three, the … Continue reading


Where Death Comes Uninvited – Episode 4 – The Fall of Liberty Gulch

Below we present the complete text of “The Fall of Liberty Gulch”, episode 4 of our new Weird Western; Where Death Comes Uninvited. This is a brand new (unpublished) series (featuring a brand new roster of heroes including Jim Wilkes – the Sheriff, Annie Deems – the Crack Shot, Speeding Elk … Continue reading

Weird Western - WW001 - Where Death Comes Uninvited

A Guide to Basic Script Conventions in Audio Drama

THE CONVENTIONS OF SCRIPT PRESENTATION At the outset I should acknowledge that there are numerous conventions in use for script production and presentation. The ones I am writing about here are the conventions that I, personally, use most frequently. They are not original to me, having come by way of … Continue reading


Where Death Comes Uninvited – Episode 3 – Into the Desert

Below we present the complete text of “Into the Desert”, episode 3 of our new Weird Western; Where Death Comes Uninvited. This is a brand new (unpublished) series (featuring a brand new roster of heroes including Jim Wilkes – the Sheriff, Annie Deems – the Crack Shot, Speeding Elk – the … Continue reading

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Five Suggestions for Implementing Subtext in Audio Drama

What is Subtext Subtext is the message beneath the message. The meaning beneath the surface that, indirectly communicated, either amplifies, modifies, or contradicts the words that are spoken. It can either be subtractive (where you remove explicit dialog to hint at meaning) or additive (where you add extra meaning to … Continue reading


How to Use Character Archetypes in Audio Drama

ARCHETYPES CAN (BELIEVE IT OR NOT) HELP US WRITE A while ago I took some heavy fire in a conversation because I like using archetypes in my fiction… and while I’m happy to take it on the chin for not using them well, I remain pretty committed to the idea … Continue reading


The Path of Continual Improvement as an Audio Drama Scriptwriter – A Personal Reflection

CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT – A MODE OF TRAVEL, NOT A DESTINATION Wow, now there’s an arrogant headline. Or at least it would be if I thought I’d arrived at the destination rather than saw myself as a fellow traveller on the path.  This article is my own take on the mindset and … Continue reading


Where Death Comes Uninvited – Episode 2 – A New Deputy is in Town

Below we present the complete text of “A New Deputy in Town”, episode 2 of our new Weird Western; Where Death Comes Uninvited. This is a brand new (unpublished) series (featuring a brand new roster of heroes including Jim Wilkes – the Sheriff, Annie Deems – the Crack Shot, Speeding Elk … Continue reading

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How to Write Immersive Audio-Drama that your Audience can Decode Easily

THE COUNTER-INTUITIVE WAY WE ACHIEVE IMMERSION   I’m unlikely to make any friends with this week’s comments… and they probably belong more properly to a discussion of production rather than scripting – though I think writers need to understand some of these production issues in order to write effectively for … Continue reading


Where Death Comes Uninvited – Episode 1 – A New Sheriff

Below we present the complete text of “A New Sheriff”, episode 1 of our new Weird Western; Where Death Comes Uninvited. This is a brand new (unpublished) series (featuring a brand new roster of heroes including Jim Wilkes – the Sheriff, Annie Deems – the Crack Shot, Speeding Elk – the … Continue reading

Weird Western - WW001 - Where Death Comes Uninvited

9 tips to Help Write Action Scenes in Audio Drama Scripts

Tips for Planning the Action I’m not particularly good at doing action scenes so a while back I did a bit of research and thinking in order to improve what I do. Here are some general principles for designing action scenes that I arrived at. They help me to be … Continue reading