Caption: Whitney Jones
Whitney Jones 

#16 - Leaving

From: HowSound
Series: HowSound
Length: 21:04

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Whitney Jones tells a powerful story about leaving the Mormon Church.
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Radio stories usually aren't very complicated. Generally speaking, you can probably place stories into two categories. The first is the argument story -- these people say this, these other people disagree. The second is the narrative story -- the piece is organized chronologically as a sequence of events. (To be sure, I'm painting with a broad brush.)

Whitney Jones produced a somewhat different story last fall while he was at the Transom Story Workshop where I teach. His story "Leaving" falls in the "narrative story" category but instead of one single sequence of events, "Leaving" follows two -- a parallel narrative. That's unusual.

The reason you don't hear parallel narratives on the radio too often is because they're complex. They require more attention from a listener who, typically, is doing  something else while they listen. So, in recognition of that, producers and editors tend to want to simplify. That's smart, I think. But, if the writer pays close attention to keeping the two separate narratives clear and simple and brings them together in the end in a satisfying manner, then I think a parallel narrative can work on the radio and I'd like to hear more of them.

Definitely, Whitney's parallel narrative works and works well.

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Radio stories usually aren't very complicated. Generally speaking, you can probably place stories into two categories. The first is the argument story -- these people say this, these other people disagree. The second is the narrative story -- the piece is organized chronologically as a sequence of events. (To be sure, I'm painting with a broad brush.)

Whitney Jones produced a somewhat different story last fall while he was at the Transom Story Workshop where I teach. His story "Leaving" falls in the "narrative story" category but instead of one single sequence of events, "Leaving" follows two -- a parallel narrative. That's unusual.

The reason you don't hear parallel narratives on the radio too often is because they're complex. They require more attention from a listener who, typically, is doing  something else while they listen. So, in recognition of that, producers and editors tend to want to simplify. That's smart, I think. But, if the writer pays close attention to keeping the two separate narratives clear and simple and brings them together in the end in a satisfying manner, then I think a parallel narrative can work on the radio and I'd like to hear more of them.

Definitely, Whitney's parallel narrative works and works well.

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