Convergent Narratives Structure

The convergent narratives structure is another form of reworked chronology available to the creative writer. This structure is sometimes called "parallel structure," but this geometry metaphor is inaccurate—parallel lines do not converge, according to the geometry axiom. Parallel narratives would best describe stories like those on NYPD Blue, Law & Order, and The Practice, in which several stories run side by side with cinematic cross-cutting between them. In most episodes, these stories stay truly parallel and never cross each other— never converge. A story can gain in interest when we find out at the last possible minute that two narratives that seemed totally unrelated are, in fact, very dramatically related—and are, unsuspected by us, rapidly converging. In both forms, parallel and convergent, suspense is effectively promoted and entertainment heightened.

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