Often times, the first step in creating a podcast is deciding your topic or subject matter. Some questions to ask yourself:
There are two general styles of podcasts: storytelling and interviewing. A storytelling podcast can be fictional or factual, but no matter what, they usually deep-dive into a specific event or topic. An interview-style podcast is different in that it is more open-ended, featuring one or more guests answering questions or holding a conversation with the podcast host.
For a storytelling podcast, you will want to prepare a script.
In place of a script for an interviewing podcast, try preparing your questions or an outline beforehand.
Once you have identified your topic and style, you are ready to start storyboarding! People do this in many, many ways. We like to think of this as the fun part, so get creative! Using a graphic organizer or drawing to lay out your thought process can be a huge help. You can also try following a classic structure like climbing the Mountain or In Media Res:
Writing a script can be a lot like writing an essay. If you know strategies that work for you, try approaching this in a similar way. Many, many podcasts exist to educate and inform others; crafting your podcast like you would a lesson plan can be another helpful tactic! A large part of this includes ensuring your sources of information are accurate and trustworthy. If you are looking to conduct research for your podcast, don't forget all the library resources you have at your finger tips!
Many podcasts have the same structure across each episode to create a pattern. Elements of common podcast structure: