Even a relatively short voice over takes a lot of time and effort to get right, and it all starts with a good idea and a good script. The script is the cornerstone of your production and needs to be crafted well to ensure your voice over talent can get your messages across to the target audience.
However, script writing can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job. So, for anyone who knows what it likes to stare at a white screen searching for inspiration when writing a script, or reading back what they’ve spent the last hour crafting only to press delete, here are some tips to get you on track.
7 tips for a great voice over script
1. Have a clear idea
First and foremost, you need to start with a clear idea of what you’re trying to achieve with your commercial, corporate video, eLearning project, podcast, or other production. What is the message or messages you’re trying to deliver and who is your target audience? Having a clear objective will help focus your thoughts.
2. Make the script conversational
One of the reasons some people have trouble with script writing is that they forget to write the way they would speak. By writing the way you speak, the script is going to be more natural and conversational.
3. Use simple, everyday language
Now is not the time to show off your talent for using words and phrases that most people have never heard of. Use simple, everyday language to keep your target audience engaged. It will also help your voice over talent when it comes time to reading your script.
Try to keep your entire script short.
You may have several messages or a lot of information to get across, but keep it brief and to the point, otherwise you can lose your audience. Also try to keep sentences short. It’s more natural and will help to deliver your messages quickly and easily.
4. Write scripts with pauses
You don’t speak without pausing and you shouldn’t write scripts without pauses either. This is particularly important for lengthy productions, such as eLearning lessons and podcasts. Adding pauses will help the audience take in what’s being said. In a script, pauses can be added with a new paragraph or a notation to the voice over talent to pause for a few seconds.
5. Make your script easy to read
Make your script easy to read for your voice over talent.
If you’ve written the script the way you would speak, you’re probably on the right track. To check, read the script out loud. You may pick up some words or sentences that aren’t easy to read and parts of the script that don’t sound natural. Reading your script out loud is also a great way to determine how long the voice over will take.
Need help to write great scripts?
Writing a great script can be challenging, but hopefully these tips will steer you down the correct path.
If you need further help, or script writing is simply not your thing, the team at Abe’s Audio can help. As well as helping you find the best voice over talent for your production, we’re also experts in script writing for all types of productions.
We can help bring your TV or radio commercial, online content, on-hold messages, eLearning lessons and more to life and get the results you’re looking for.