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Script Writing Style ‐
‐ Talking to Your Audience
There are two voiceover styles for recording your podcast that you should keep in mind
when writing your podcast script. These include polished and freestyle.
A polished, professional sounding podcast, is similar to what you might hear in a news
cast or documentary. The script is written out and rehearsed prior to recording. Generally
this podcast may have particular themes that are explored in sequential order, demanding
more structure and precision. (
This is what you will use for YOUR podcast)
Freestyle recordings are most similar to live radio shows or television interviews.
Freestyle is an ad lib, flybytheseatofyourpants recording style that can be
unpredictable, engaging, and full of chemistry. This style may work best for podcasts
with more than one host, highlighting their dialogue skills and spontaneity, or for
individual podcasters that decide to record a verbal stream of consciousness, especially
poets, announcers, and others that are recording impromptu or on location at a live event.
When writing a freestyle script, you may only need to include your segment theme and
some pointform details within each segment. This way, you can refer to your freestyle
script while recording without feeling nailed down to a finalized script.
Yield best results by combining these two methods and developing your own unique
Write for the ear and your tongue
The ear is much less forgiving of extralong sentences and sentences that don't flow well.
When writing, read it out loud; if it isn't easy to say, rewrite it. You'll want to use shorter
sentences and conversational vocabulary. Remember that you'll be reading this, possibly
when you are a bit nervous about your voice. Write out numbers and addresses. Be
especially careful with dollar amounts. Avoid numbers and dollar signs: "$4,567,555"
Write out numbers: "over four and half million dollars."
Be active, positive and presenttense
Avoid passive voice descriptions in which the action is done unto something, instead of
something doing the action. Avoid negative words such as "not", "no", "don't", "doesn't",
"won't", etc. Phrase things in the present tense as much as possible.
Avoid passive voice: "The charge was denied by the President" Use active voice: "The
President denies the charges." Avoid the negative: "The dairy producers don't believe the
rates will increase before next year. Rewrite in the positive: "Dairy producers believe
rates will stay low throughout the rest of the fiscal year." Use present tense: "The
University supports the initiative." It is easier for the listener to understand than other
tenses: Avoid: "The University is supporting the initiative." And "The University has
supported the initiative."
Make it personal
Imagine you are writing for one person, a friend who trusts your information and
opinions. How would you make your topic of interest to them? How would you make
sure you would keep their attention during the 5 minutes you have with them at a dinner
party? Ultimately, a Podcast is a onetoone relationship between the listener and you.
Make a connection with them by making them feel you have them in mind.
Characters: Ponyboy & Johnny
From Tulsa, Oklahoma this is Teaching Tolerance News. I’m Ponyboy Curtis (and
I’m Johnny Cade)
Ponyboy: I can’t believe the Socs got another one of us the other day. The boys
didn’t even see it coming.
Johnny: No kidding, they just can’t leave us well alone. Think they’re better than
P: They sure do. Sometimes when I read my books I imagine that things around
here could be different. But then I stop reading and realize that things around here
will never change. We’ll always be greasers, and they’ll always be Socs.
J: I know how you feel, but what can we do? Nothing. We just got sit back and
tolerate it, and make sure we give it back just as good.
P: There may be an end to all of it though. Who says we have to tolerate it? Why do
we even fight one another? Who says we have to? I’m sick and tired of fighting
J: Some things you just can’t change.
P: I think we should try. Bullying is wrong…