I’ve written several posts with tips on how to write voice over scripts. This review checklist summarizes all of the tips from the previous three posts into a single Word document you can download and use yourself.
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.
Here is the complete list from the checklist:
- The script has been read aloud
- Script flows well; no awkward or clunky sentences
- No grammar errors
- Conversational tone
- First and/or second person (I, we, you) are used
- Contractions are used if style allows
- No overly complicated sentences; variety of sentence length with shorter sentences
- Pronunciation guides included for jargon, abbreviations, acronyms, and numbers
- Emphasis in sentences marked as needed
- Punctuate to mark pauses
- Readable spacing, font, and font size (at least 12-14 pts)
- Screen names clearly labeled
- Numbers are written out as you want them said
- Lists are written in conversational sentences (first choice) or punctuated for clarity and ease of reading aloud (second choice)
- Serial comma used for all lists
- Latin abbreviations are written out or noted: e.g. (“for example”), i.e. (“that is”), and etc. (“et cetera” or “and so on”)
For further explanation of the above points, review the previous posts in the series:
- Writing Style Tips for Voice Over Scripts
- Formatting Tips for Voice Over Scripts
- Voice Over Script Pitfalls
I want to give Jill Goldman of Goldivox one more shout out for being so helpful in putting these posts together.