Today we talked with Lisa Timmons – the teacher for our newest writing class – Creating a Scripted Podcast! And got the real scoop about murder podcasts.
First off, what do you think is the biggest difference between a scripted podcast and a regular screenplay?
In screenwriting, writers are told, “Show, don’t tell.” However, in a scripted audio podcast, it’s the opposite: “Tell what you can’t show.” Whether it’s through the device of a narrator, through slightly expository character dialogue or through creating a distinct audioscape, you’re forced to shift your storytelling tools from a visual to an audio perspective.
What are some of your favorite scripted podcasts out now?
At the moment, I’m really loving Alice Isn’t Dead, My Dad Wrote a Porno, and the classic Welcome to Night Vale.
How much murder does a person’s podcast need to have to make it in the podcasting biz? How much murder should they have if they’re in the murder biz?