When teaching the Show. Don’t Tell Methodology, one of the most common worries I hear from writers is that they feel scared to use the narrative voice for anything other then describing events.
In this section I will look closely at the narrative voice and show that its role is far more that as a descriptive tool. I will show that the narrative voice should also be used to pass a character’s thoughts to the reader. However, we will explain the best way in which to do this, and how to avoid it slipping into TELL.
Things to cover:
The two types of narrative voice – wrong – narrative to show and back-story – write – narrative to expand the moment.
Using narrative voice the correct way – These should be reflects of what the character is thinking, not feeling.