The Right Way to Write (A Guide to Writing Fancy Podcast Audiobooks)

  1. What do you want to create? Do you like realistic stories such as history? Fantasy novels? Science Fiction? Please, don’t start writing something you don’t like. When you start writing something you don’t agree with, it can cause discouragement. My personal favorite is fantasy. I enjoy limitless creativity, and in a world that doesn’t exist, creativity is a necessity.
  2. Once you figure that out, learn your creative flow. What generates ideas for you? This will help remove the issue of writers block. Is it reading a history book and imagining you are at that point in time? Is it listening to music and letting your mind wander? My creative flow came from playing the game Dungeons and Dragons. I enjoy the vast creativity that comes from taking a person, creating an end goal, and forging a path for them to make unprecedented decisions in a fantasy mindset. The decisions of another person helps to add randomness into the story, and makes the story far more interesting. I bounced information back and forth with my wife as we discussed ideas, lore, and many other things.
  3. Next, identify your audience. Who are you trying to connect with? What is their age range? Why would they be interested in what you are writing? Does your creative flow match with young adults, the elderly, love struck single people, etc.
  4. Give your audience something to discover. This often comes from you, the author, in the form of work. Research is important, especially if you are writing a story. It is important to know what you are talking about. This goes along with research, but it also includes the creative process. If there were to be a large scale war that no one reading your story knows about, you need to explain it.
  5. Write down the important backstory. For some this may feel like an unnecessary step, but even the geniuses of this world write stuff down. It helps with staying consistent in your story. Revisiting a written backstory can also help remove writers block and keep your story consistent and unified.
  6. Next, create a timeline and begin writing your story. Sometimes taking a story one chapter at a time is helpful in generating ideas. It is important to look at the big picture in every chapter. Ask yourself ‘how is the chapter I am writing progressing towards the end goal?’ This will help you to stay on track. Don’t sweat the finite details yet, just a broad outline.
  7. Now add some detail to your story. The more detailed your story is, the more realistic it will seem to your audience. Maybe add some character personality and character flaws to help listeners identify various characters. What is the environment like and how will it affect your future audio? Will you be adding sound effects later? I added some sound effects like a door opening, music,
  8. Revise your story out loud and add more detail. Reading out loud helps you to hear what your audience will hear. It helps in adding fluidity and personality to your story. You will probably find mistakes you didn’t realize were there. I revised a lot of information through reading out loud, and adjusted some of the character personalities as well. The story I created sounded so much better after reading it out loud. Repeat it until you are satisfied with your creation. If you would like to go one step farther like I did, read it out loud with your friends or family and get their input. Their approval or rejection will help you feel more confident in creating and later publishing your work.
  9. Are you ready to record? Are you sure? Great! Grab some recording software and start the recording process. Create an introduction that can be used in every chapter. The entire recording process can be long, and tedious. And if your computer is as slow as mine is, it can be sleep depriving. Some want to create a very simple, basic audiobook podcast. Others, like myself, lean more towards putting in little surprises here and there. I used Adobe Audition to record and edit my podcast. In total, it took me about 10 hours just to make one podcast chapter. That includes discovering ways to be effective in recording. I took a chance and recorded each character individually. It was a super messy put-together, but the voices were more consistent. If you feel more confident than me, and want to save yourself hours of editing, try recording the whole thing at once. It is difficult to keep track of whose voice sounds like what, while reading and changing your voice back and forth, but you may be more talented than I am. Whatever your style is, I wish you luck.
  10. Upload it! Don’t forget to add links to your podcast in as many places as possible to bring people in. I used Anchor at https://anchor.fm/ to upload my podcast or free. They offer quite a few locations for people to find your podcast. If you want to check out my first few chapters visit https://anchor.fm/robert-lewis46 or listen to it on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6HnVpDHi24iUBnZqrIZAi3?si=0e322a8f29c34c21
  11. Make sure it works! Listen to the whole thing at least once. One issue I had was the music and sound effects I put in drowned out a lot of the dialogue. I had no idea until a few weeks later when one of my friends pointed it out. It had something to do with the upload. It was sounding perfectly fine on the editing program, but not after I uploaded it. You can hear that mistake in chapter 2 if you want to.
  12. Listen to listener feedback and revise your work. While it is important to use your own creativity and leave your unique mark on the audiobook podcast world, it is also critical to apply what listeners have to say. This will create a more steadfast audience, and improve future chapters.

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I am currently a college student aiming for a degree in web design and development. I love adventure, my family, and finding joy in the journey. Hope you enjoy!

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Robert T. Lewis

I am currently a college student aiming for a degree in web design and development. I love adventure, my family, and finding joy in the journey. Hope you enjoy!

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