Audio Fiction Quick Resource Guide

“I have an idea for an audio drama podcast but I don’t know where to start.” 

I get this a lot, combined with, “will you do it for me?”

It’s always better to learn how to do something than to have someone else help you do it. Knowledge and skills can never be taken away from you. When you produce your own audio podcast, you own it. 

Here are some free resources which might be helpful. 

How to Start a Podcast It’s very general, but it will help you get started.

How To Make a Fiction Podcast

Matthew’s Top Five Books for Audio Drama & Fiction Podcast Production The books aren’t a free resource, but the list is.

You should also read Bombs Always Beep by K.C. Wayland, which is very good. Again, the book isn’t a free resource, but the link is.

DiscoverPods’ How to Audio Drama series is a free resource.

The Audio Drama Production Podcast is about all aspects of creating audio drama.

ADWIT is a free resource, and you can listen to it now.

Again, when you learn to do something yourself and make it yourself, no one can make you take a percentage, steal your copyright, or take your intellectual property. 

Best wishes on your journey!

Four people in Victorian clothing sitting around an empty table, staring into the void.
Okay, so… we’re gonna make an audio drama podcast. What do we do now?

Episode 10: The Mystery Attribute

MRI T2 Brain axial image. This is an anonymous clinical image provided by Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD. The patient has signed a release for use of the anonymized image for educational, research, and teaching purposes. The image was converted from DICOM acquisition format into jpeg format, anonymized, and posted by Dr. Filler. It is intended for GDFL licensure for reuse for academic, scientific, educational uses without further permissions. Attribution to Aaron Filler, MD, PhD is requested.

What does audio drama do that other forms of art and media can’t? How does it do it? What’s the recipe for doing it? Join Sarah and Lindsay on a field trip as they try to find that mysterious  element that makes audio drama meaningful and special. 

Episode X: The Mystery Attribute ADWIT: The Audio Drama Writers' Independent Toolkit

What does audio drama do that other forms of art and media can't? How does it do it? What's the recipe for doing it? Join Sarah and Lindsay on a field trip as they try to find that mysterious  element that makes audio drama meaningful and special. Warning and/or Bonus: Spoilers for Can You Help Me Find My Mom, The Truth podcastResources: Phila Museum of Art’s Duchamp GalleriesMarcel DuchampNude Descending A StaircaseFountainThis is Your Brain On Podcasts (Freakonomics Radio, ep 262)Sight Unseen, by Elissa Guralnick (affiliate link)An Artist Descending A Staircase, Tom Stoppard (affiliate link)Fidget, 11th Hour Audio ChallengeU+1f60c by James T. GreenPMHx by James T. GreenSubscribe or Follow us, so you can be sure to hear all the episodes. Tell us what you think on Twitter, at @adwitpodcast. Like what you heard? Write a review, at Podchaser, or Apple Podcasts. Or, write to us, at writersadwit@gmail.com. Avanti!Image: This is an anonymous clinical image provided by Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD. The patient has signed a release for use of the anonymized image for educational, research, and teaching purposes. The image was converted from DICOM acquisition format into jpeg format, anonymized, and posted by Dr. Filler. It is intended for GDFL licensure for reuse for academic, scientific, educational uses without further permissions. Attribution to Aaron Filler, MD, PhD is requested.

Warning and/or Bonus: Spoilers for Can You Help Me Find My Mom, The Truth podcast

Resources: 
Phila Museum of Art’s Duchamp Galleries
Marcel Duchamp
Nude Descending A Staircase
Fountain
This is Your Brain On Podcasts (Freakonomics Radio, ep 262)
Sight Unseen, by Elissa Guralnick (affiliate link)
An Artist Descending A Staircase, Tom Stoppard (affiliate link)
Fidget, 11th Hour Audio Challenge
U+1f60c by James T. Green
PMHx by James T. Green

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Tell us what you think on Twitter, at @adwitpodcast. 
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Avanti!

MRI T2 Brain axial image. This is an anonymous clinical image provided by Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD. The patient has signed a release for use of the anonymized image for educational, research, and teaching purposes. The image was converted from DICOM acquisition format into jpeg format, anonymized, and posted by Dr. Filler. It is intended for GDFL licensure for reuse for academic, scientific, educational uses without further permissions. Attribution to Aaron Filler, MD, PhD is requested.



Image: This is an anonymous clinical image provided by Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD. The patient has signed a release for use of the anonymized image for educational, research, and teaching purposes. The image was converted from DICOM acquisition format into jpeg format, anonymized, and posted by Dr. Filler. It is intended for GDFL licensure for reuse for academic, scientific, educational uses without further permissions. Attribution to Aaron Filler, MD, PhD is requested.

Episode 9: Audio Drama, not Audio Trauma, or Getting Unstuck

Feeling stuck? Sarah and Lindsay are your tow truck. In this episode we go for a walk in the rain and chit chat about the things creative people do to sabotage themselves, and some strategies you can use to get out of the mud, get inspired and get writing again.  You can listen in your preferred podcast player, or at Buzzsprout.

Episode IX: Audio Drama, Not Audio Trauma, or Getting Unstuck ADWIT: The Audio Drama Writers' Independent Toolkit

Feeling stuck? Sarah and Lindsay are your tow truck. In this episode we go for a walk in the rain and chit chat about the things creative people do to sabotage themselves. We'll also share some strategies you can use to get out of the mud, get inspired and get writing again. Warning and/or Bonus : Spoilers for Prodigal Son‘s Season 1, which is not an audio drama. Resources: Lynda Barry: Syllabus, Making Comics (affiliate links)Neil Gaiman on libraries & daydreaming for The GuardianStanford study finds walking improves creativityJessca Abel: Idea DebtWrite or Die, and Written? Kitten! Leonardo Da Vinci’s Adoration of the MagiBetrayal by Harold Pinter (affiliate link)Sleep No MoreRyan by Chris LandrethRyan by Chris Landreth on YouTube (CW: mental health vs. trauma, addiction & recovery, suicide, self-harm, Lindsay loves this movie, relevant discussion at 6:22)Image under a Creative Commons license via Wikimedia Commons, from cgpgrey.comSound effects from freesound.org: Going on a forest road gravel and grass.wav by straget Cork by sjnewton Bottle Clink by FillSokoSubscribe or Follow us, so you can be sure to hear all future episodes.Tell us what you think, on Twitter, at @ADWITpodcast.Like what you heard? Write a review at Podchaser or Apple Podcasts.Or, write to us, at writersadwit@gmail.com. Avanti! 

Warning and/or Bonus : Spoilers for Prodigal Son‘s Season 1, which is not an audio drama. 


Resources (may contain affiliate links) (and nuts):
Lynda Barry: Syllabus, Making Comics

Neil Gaiman on libraries & daydreaming for The Guardian

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

Jessca Abel: Idea Debt

Write or Die, and Written? Kitten! 

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi

Betrayal by Harold Pinter

Sleep No More

Ryan by Chris Landreth

Ryan by Chris Landreth on YouTube (CW: mental health vs. trauma, addiction & recovery, suicide, self-harm, Lindsay loves this movie, relevant discussion at 6:22)

Image under a Creative Commons license via Wikimedia Commons, from cgpgrey.com

Sound design for this episode by Sarah Golding. Sound effects from freesound.org

Going on a forest road gravel and grass.wav by straget 

Cork.mp3 by sjnewton 

Bottle Clink by FillSoko

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Or, write to us, at writersadwit@gmail.com. 

Episode 8: Adaptation

How can a story told one way be told in a different way, without losing its impact? How can a non-audio-drama story make the most of audio drama’s craft? Join Sarah and Lindsay as they sort out some tools to better understand some best practices in adaptation for audio drama. 

On one side  of the image is an illustrated page from the original printing of War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, with a man on horseback being attacked by rays from the sky. On the other side is a photo of Orson Welles, being questioned by journalists.
How can a story told one way be told in a different way, without losing its impact? How can a non-audio-drama story make the most of audio drama's craft? Join Sarah and Lindsay as they sort out some tools to better understand some best practices in adaptation for audio drama. Warning and/or Spoilers: War of the Worlds,  Jarnsaxa Rising, Resources: Albert's Beginner's Guide to Symphonic MetalThe War of The Worlds by H. G. Wells at Gutenberg.orgWar of the Worlds by Mercury Radio Theater (YouTube link) The Infamous "War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke Smithsonian magazineTime After Time trailer (YouTube link)Thrymskvitha, or The Lay of ThrymWeird World Studios: adapting The Gift of The MagiThe Rocking Horse Winner by D. H. LawrenceSubscribe or Follow us, so you can be sure to hear all future episodes.Tell us what you think, on Twitter, at @ADWITpodcast.Like what you heard? Write a review at Podchaser or Apple Podcasts.Or, write to us, at writersadwit@gmail.com. 


Warning and/or Spoilers: War of the Worlds,  Jarnsaxa Rising

Resources: 
Albert’s Beginner’s Guide to Symphonic Metal
The War of The Worlds by H. G. Wells at Gutenberg.org
War of the Worlds by Mercury Radio Theater (YouTube link) 
The Infamous “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke, Smithsonian magazine
Time After Time trailer (YouTube link)
Thrymskvitha, or The Lay of Thrym
Weird World Studios: adapting The Gift of The Magi
The Rocking Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence


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Episode 7: World Building and Premise

Where do you want to go today? Sarah wants to play with world building tools, but Lindsay thinks they are nothing without a strong premise. Listen now at Buzzsprout, or wherever you find your podcasts.

Warning and/or Bonus: contains spoilers and/or promotion for Blood Culture, The Ventriloquist’s Dummy, and the entire Lord of the Rings series. 

Episode VII: World Building and Premise ADWIT: The Audio Drama Writers' Independent Toolkit

Where do you want to go today? Sarah wants to play with world building tools, but Lindsay thinks they are nothing without a strong premise. Warning and/or Bonus: contains spoilers and/or promotion for Blood Culture, The Ventriloquist's Dummy, and the entire Lord of the Rings series. Resources: The Meta Corporation LTDThe Art of Dramatic Writing, by Lajos Egri (affiliate link)Subscribe or Follow us, so you can be sure to hear all future episodes.Tell us what you think, on Twitter, at @ADWITpodcast.Like what you heard? Write a review at Podchaser or Apple Podcasts.Or, write to us, at writersadwit@gmail.com. 

Resources: 

The Meta Corporation LTD

The Art of Dramatic Writing, by Lajos Egri (affiliate link)

Subscribe or Follow us, so you can be sure to hear all future episodes.

Tell us what you think, on Twitter, at @ADWITpodcast.

Like what you heard? Write a review at Podchaser or Apple Podcasts.

Or, write to us, at writersadwit@gmail.com. 

Avanti!