Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?
In a screenplay voice is the what/how the writer feels. And the style is way the writer presents their voice on the page.
The more truthful the writer is to oneself the more passion will make it into the story. And the clearer the message will be.
The voice doesn’t have to be good to be a good voice. The voice just has to be true to the writer. If the vilest, most bigoted, most horrible writer does an accurate job at presenting his feelings, he has a good voice.
"I am the story itself; its source, its voice, its music."
- Clive Barker, Galilee