At some point in our story, one or all of our character’s has an awakening and end up giving a monologue.
By definition, a monologue is a long, uninterrupted speech given by one person. This individual could be speaking to themselves about their thoughts or confronting another person or the reader. The main point of this speech is to expose your character’s inner thoughts to your reader.
Monologues are universal as they can happen in novels, novella’s, and even screenplay scripts.
Writing Your Monologue
When you decide to give your character a monologue, it’s important to consider these elements:
- The character’s voice/language
- Whom the character is speaking to and why
- The location the monologue is being given
- Few descriptions of the moments that led to this monologue
- What the character expects to get from this speech
When you start writing your monologue, you should make sure that it is precise. Saying open-ended phrases like “I am sad,” is not specific enough– tell the reader why the person is sad through an example instead of just saying that they are sad.
The monologue is crucial because it is ‘that’ moment– the moment when the reader finally finds out what the character has been feeling, or it’s the moment where the reader finally gets to see the character stick it to that antagonist.
Be completely honest when writing your monologue because it is one of the critical times where you get to hook your reader. The more vulnerable and honest your character is during the speech helps make this moment significant– because if it’s not a significant moment, then it’s no point of writing the monologue. You want this ‘awakening’ moment to resonate with the reader.