I’ve been updating all of my posts on how to write effective voice over scripts. This review checklist summarizes all of the tips from the previous posts into a single Word document you can download and use yourself.
Here is a summary from the checklist:
- Writing and Flow
- Read aloud the script
- Script flows well; no awkward or clunky sentences
- No overly complicated sentences
- Variety of sentence length
- No grammar errors
- Conversational tone
- First and/or second person (I, we, you)
- Punctuate to mark pauses
- Pronunciation guides included for jargon, abbreviations, acronyms, and numbers
- Latin abbreviations: e.g. (“for example”), i.e. (“that is”), and etc. (“et cetera” or “and so on”)
- Bullet point lists
- Serial comma used for all lists
- Readable spacing, font, and font size
- File names
You can find all of my posts on voice over scripts collected on a single page. I created this page to support my presentation for TLDC on writing voice over scripts, so this page also includes a handout with practice activities from my session. If you want some clunky scripts to practice rewriting, feel free to use that handout on your own.
Permission to edit
Feel free to edit this document to match the requirements of your specific organization as long as you retain attribution to me with a link. If you improve this document, I’d love to hear about it.
I want to give Jill Goldman of Goldivox one more shout out for being so helpful in originally putting these posts together. Both instructional designers and voice over professionals have provided great feedback on this series of posts.
Originally published 12/9/14. Updated 3/14/22.