While speeches are usually thought of in conjunction with movies and theatre, they can be a powerful dramatic tool across many different mediums. Of course, they can be difficult to pull off in a purely written form. If you’re writing a script or screenplay, then you know you can rely in some part on the actor’s performance to capture the audience and hold them. With a novel or short story, however, it’s all on your word-use and sentence structure. Regardless of your medium, I hope you’ll find this set of links helpful.
Speeches and monologues are a challenge, there’s no doubt. But they can be such a great moment in a story that you shouldn’t let that stop you. Whether it’s a general addressing troops before battle, a lawyer giving a compelling argument in court, or a consulting detective teasing out the threads of a mystery before revealing the killer’s identity, these can be the moments that make a reader cheer.
So here’s some advice to help you flex your creative muscles and give your characters the voice they need.
1: Monologue-Writing 101 – We start with the aptly-named Monologue Genie, and their kickstart article for monologue-writing skills. Be sure to check out the rest of their site for some great resources.
2: How to Create a Monologue – Here we have a nice step-by-step process for conceiving, developing, and writing a solid monologue.
3: Writing the Monologue – Katherine Phelps provides further context for the purpose and craft of the monologue, addressing its use both as a character’s internal thoughts and an address to others.
4: Top 10 Best Monologues – To close us off this week, I’ve got some of the best monologues committed to screen. There’s no better place to learn than from those who’ve gone before you.
That’s all for now. Good luck!
(c) Paul Anthony Shortt