chapter  23
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Writing the Narrative Voice

In this chapter, we look at some of the practical consequences of placing the narrative voice in the foreground. However, we need to make one warning before we go on. As we said earlier in the book, most of the traditional screenwriting rules are designed to feature the dramatic voice. Because we will be looking instead at the narrative voice, some of the ideas in this chapter will not only seem different, but will also be a violation of those traditional rules. This is intentional. Remember, the purpose of this book is not to ask you to adopt all these thoughts on alternative screenwriting, but to make you aware of what is possible so that you might look further. Then, if you decide to write a mainstream script, you make a conscious decision to do so.