Don't take too long to get started into the main action of the play. Some plays we read were more like novels and used too much narration. Radio Drama thrives on strong narratives. Watch our video on How to Start Writing. Think what you are trying to tell the world.
How to write for radio: 7 tips by a BBC Radio 4 commissioner
How to Write a Script for Your Live Radio Event
Since the Radix podcast launched back in podcasts have increased in popularity, with Welcome to Night Vale and Serial gaining cult status. I smell an opportunity here to get in before the rush. Not only will you need to ensure that the information contained within the script is accurate and informative — it needs to help create a piece of audio that people will enjoy listening to. For instance, Good Copy, Bad Copy is only partially scripted with the majority of its content based on bullets in an outline, which we then ad-lib from. The Meaningful Money podcast by Pete Matthew is scripted by Pete and runs for up to 30 minutes an episode. This length also takes into account the speed at which he speaks and allows for necessary pauses.
Scripting podcasts: three tips for writing podcast episodes
Sometimes, I sit in my chair with a full cup of coffee, a cleared desk and a blank Word. I end up writing something predictable, pedestrian, and yet somehow entirely acceptable and often times complimented by the radio station. Writing great production and imaging is hard.
Writing for radio is a format that aspiring scriptwriters often overlook in favour of TV and film — a far tougher prospect. BBC Radio 4 commissioner Caroline Raphael has commissioned most types of radio content over her career. We asked her to give us the inside track on how the commissioning process works at BBC Radio 4 and where a budding scriptwriter should start if they want to write for radio.