How do you write an interior monolog?
I'm not an expert on writing interior monologues - I'm really
only writing this because the previous answer here was simply a bad
comment. However, I will tell you what I think/know.
An interior monologue is a dramatic technique used by an actor
to present his/her character's innermost thoughts. So, in building
this monologue, we must first establish a character. Ask important
character questions such as: Who am I? What do I do for a living?
What is my education? How do I feel at this moment? What are my
opinions? excetera (maybe you could use Stanislavski's Fundamental
Questions). From this, we can create the basis of the monologue. We
have to know these things so we can see how the character will
think and act on stage.
You should note that thoughts aren't really in an order.
Depending on your character's emotions, their thoughts may be all
over the place (jumpy) or calm and collected (orderly). Sit and
listen to your thoughts for a moment. Do they stay on track all of
the time or do they get distracted? you may be able to use this as
a guideline to your monologue.
Now is the time to write. You have your characer, so now you
have to figure out what he/she is doing. What is he/she thinking
about? What is he/she discussing? Jot down a few poins you want to
explore. Maybe you could link them together. Just remember not to
stray too far away from your message/theme.
From here, you could develop some of your monologue. Expand on
one of your points and explore it. Don't be affraid to branch out
and explore something different. It is often the different things
that make the best monologues.
Expand and explore your points until you feel it is at its best.
Be sure to edit it frequently - this is how works get better. When
I'm writing, it helps if I take a break from it once in a while to
return with a fresh perspective. Just don't leave it to the last
From here, it is action time. Figure out what you want your
character to do on stage. Plot movement and props, so on your
performance day, you are not left wondering what to do. Be
Don't take my advice as law. I've only written one monologue, so
how should I know? I'm just telling you this asan amateur drama
student. Take what you want from this answer.
Also visit www.notmyshoes.net/monologues/ as that website has an
array of very good monologues that are sure to inspire you as they
did me. Be sure to check out Like Dreaming, Backwards
(Powell Contemporary) [found on the site mentioned] as that is
close to an interior monologe.