Category: Writing for Radio

Techniques, tricks of the trade, and thoughts around the writing of Audio drama.

How to Make the Most of Three Act Structure in Audio Script Writing

THE THREE ACT PLOT Today I’m being a bit controversial. Lots of people really hate three act structure (like the guy who wrote this, for instance… https://filmcrithulk.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/hulk-presents-the-myth-of-3-act-structure/). Some even go so far as to say it doesn’t exist (because all

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Tips for Keeping Your Audio Drama From Being Forgotten – Memory and Audience Focus

This article was prompted by an excellent blog post by Jack Ward, on how an audio drama can lose an audience. I’ve expanded on those thoughts here to help us look at the slightly different topic of why some audio

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How to use the Scene and Sequel Structure to Improve your Audio Drama Script

Scene and Sequel Structure (the structure of scenes) The Scene and Sequel structure is a useful writing structure from the world of narrative fiction. While just one tool among many, this structure is used to add and heighten dramatic interest

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How to Stay Creative While Ageing – An Audio-Dramatist’s View

The problem of Ageing You know how a random thought occasionally strikes you, and then grows over a few weeks until you find yourself giving it quite a bit of attention? Well, that’s happened to me just recently on the

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Increase Immersion with Four Narrative Techniques (and a Fifth Tip that Matters Just for Audio Drama)

Four Narrative Techniques that Increase Immersion (and a Fifth Tip that Matters Just for Audio Drama) Are you looking for some suggestions on how to increase the immersion created by the stories you tell?  Some simple ways to bring your

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Learning from Erik Barnouw – Part 15 (and final)

Final Techniques Hi folks, I’m taking a final look this week at the advice offered by Erik Barnouw in his Handbook of Radio Writing (1947). This time the attention is focused on “simulating movement, manageing the climax, and closing” a

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Learning from Erik Barnouw – Part 14

Scene Shifting (part 5) Hi folks, I’m taking another look this week at the advice offered by Erik Barnouw in his Handbook of Radio Writing (1947). This time the attention is focused on “shifting the scene” of a radio drama

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Learning from Erik Barnau – Part 13

Hi folks, I’m taking another look this week at the advice offered by Erik Barnouw in his Handbook of Radio Writing (1947). This time the attention is focused on “shifting the scene” of a radio drama using a technique known

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Learning from Erik Barnau – Part 12

Hi folks, I’m taking another look this week at the advice offered by Erik Barnouw in his Handbook of Radio Writing (1947). This time the attention is focused on “shifting the scene” of a radio drama using a technique known

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Learning from Erik Barnau – Part 11

Hi folks, I’m taking another look this week at the advice offered by Erik Barnouw in his Handbook of Radio Writing (1947). This time the attention is focused on “shifting the scene” of a radio drama using a technique known

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Learning from Erik Barnau – Part 10

Hi folks, I’m taking another look this week at the advice offered by Erik Barnouw in his Handbook of Radio Writing (1947). The attention is focused on “shifting the scene” of a radio drama using a technique known as the

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Learning from Erik Barnau – Part 9

Hi folks, I’m taking another look this week at the advice offered by Erik Barnouw in his Handbook of Radio Writing (1947). The attention is focused on “setting the scene” of a radio drama. The techniques are common sense but

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