Written by Kristin Savage
When you’re hosting a podcast show, you want only what’s best for your audience. You want them to stick with you throughout the entire episode and enjoy the content you’ve prepared. Still, if you don’t do enough preparation, your entire episode might collapse. This is why it’s highly important that you write a podcast script for each of your episodes.
You may feel like you don’t need a script to run a great podcast show. While this may be true, we can assure you that your episodes would be even better if you’d have a script prepared with careful attention and dedication. If you’re not sure how to write a podcast script and structure your episodes, don’t despair. We’ve got you covered.
Let’s break down the process of writing podcast scripts and making great shows every day.
1. Define Your Episode
Versatility is the key to success when it comes to podcasts. You don’t want each of your episodes to be structured exactly the same as the previous one.
Depending on the topic and the message of each episode, you should create a unique structure that is suitable for that purpose.
This is why, before writing our outline, you need to answer the following questions:
- What is the main idea of this episode?
- What is the main purpose of the episode?
- How long will the episode be?
This way, you would have a vague first-draft idea about your upcoming episode. For example:
- I am doing a show about preparing 5-ingredient breakfasts. The purpose is to help people eat healthier by investing less time and money. The episode will be 30 minutes long.
This is the first step in creating a quality podcast people enjoy listening to.
Now that you have the main points defined, you can continue with the process of scripting.
2. Outline Your Ideas
After you’ve decided what the episode will cover, it’s time to put some actual ideas to words. This phase requires the following:
- rearranging ideas
You need to do a quick brainstorm session, writing down anything that comes to your mind. After that, take your pick of the ideas you really like and write them down separately.
Then, go ahead and think about the way you want to arrange those ideas into a structured whole.
If we stick with the previous example, the outline could look like this:
- Vegetable omelet
- Oatmeal with blueberries
- Greek yogurt and fresh fruit…
This process will boost your creativity and help you come up with the best ideas.
Arranging your ideas in an order that makes sense to you will help you go to the next phase easier. The next phase is about writing your script with more details.
3. Write Your Lines
For each of the ideas you’ve selected, now you need to write the lines surrounding them.
This is a highly creative process so make sure you let loose and write things down as you go. Don’t overthink and stick to the following rules:
- keep your lines conversational, since you will be speaking to your listeners
- keep your sentences concise and to the point
- don’t stick to a single idea for too long, since your listeners might get bored quickly
- move from one idea to another smoothly but quickly
Naturally, you have the choice to do this phase under your own terms. Some people prefer writing down every word they plan on saying. Others like to keep their options open and improvise a little bit when they record.
Still, it’s good to have your script laid out in front of you. This will help you deliver great episodes with no trouble.
4. Introduction & Conclusion
Writing the introduction and the conclusion of your show should be the last part of the process of writing your script.
This is because you need to be absolutely sure what the episode will consist of, to be able to announce it and wrap it up.
When it comes to your introduction, it needs to get the attention of your listeners:
- introduce yourself and the show
- welcome your listeners
- tell them what the episode will be about to get them interested
- announce the best things you’ve got lined up for them
- invite them to stick around
“Hi, and welcome to “My Morning Routine”. My name is Marry Pearson, and in today’s episode, we’ll be talking about preparing easy 5-ingredient breakfasts in less than 10 minutes. Later on, we’ll be joined by a special guest who knows a thing or two around the kitchen. Stick around for more!”
The conclusion should also be concise and create the following effect:
- thank the listeners
- announce your next episode
- invite them to subscribe to your podcast and tell their friends
“This is it for today’s episode. Thank you for tuning in and make sure you join us in next week’s episode of “My Morning Routine” where our favorite fitness instructor Kyle Major will be talking about morning fitness! Also, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and join us in all of our episodes.”
Once you write these two down, you’ve got your entire script all done. All you’ve got left is to record and publish it.
5. There’s More
Of course, there are still some details left for us to discuss, that you need to pay attention to while writing your script and recording your podcast.
To make sure your episodes are well-written and your podcast has numerous listeners, you should also think about:
- tone & style
Develop your own style and make sure you stay faithful to it in all your episodes. This will be your personal brand identity that your listeners will grow to like.
Make sure there are no mistakes in your episodes. If you need help with proofreading or writing, check out Best Essay Education or Grammarly.
- jingle music
Choose a jingle that reflects the tone of your podcast and stick to it in all your episodes.
These final-touch details will make your episodes even more professional and appealing to the ear of the listener.
Your podcast needs you to never stop working on self-improvement, improving your creative process, and producing better episodes. Writing a podcast script should be a part of your regular routine that will help you do better each time.
Use the advice above to create helpful podcast scripts that will skyrocket your podcast.
About the Author
Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors. Now she works as a freelance writer at WowGrade.