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 of setting. In the previous two articles of this series … Continue reading

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 in a story. Scott McLoud used to (perhaps even still … Continue reading

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 might try) that I find helpful for adapting a prose … Continue reading

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 into account when writing for audio. MANAGING MEMORY This week … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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