Getting Characters Thinking Revisited

This week we're considering how we can get our characters thinking in internal monologues whether it's considering the environment, coming up with plots or playing narrative sleight of hand. Monday - Therefore I Think, when they're trying to figure someone or something out. Tuesday - The Grand Scheme, when your character's got a plan. Wednesday … Continue reading Getting Characters Thinking Revisited

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Breaking the Fourth Wall Revisited

When we talk about ‘breaking the fourth wall’ what we mean is when a character directly addresses a reader/audience. Recent examples would include Deadpool and House of Cards, it’s also a technique often used in theatre to externalise a character’s internal monologues, such as the soliloquies in Shakespeare. While we might associate it with television, … Continue reading Breaking the Fourth Wall Revisited

Stream of Consciousness Revisited

When people think of internal monologue they tend to think of a first person narration or a Dickensian third person which is the authorial voice relaying the character’s voice. A third type is the stream of consciousness, in which thoughts are relayed as they are 'thought'. It can be choppy and disconnected or a direct … Continue reading Stream of Consciousness Revisited

Being in The Know Revisited

The primary problem of the internal monologue is how much we have our character’s tell the reader versus how much we let the reader infer from their actions. When we’re writing a first draft it’s best not to think too hard about this and simply write it all out and edit it later. In a … Continue reading Being in The Know Revisited

Breaking the Flow Revisited

One of the problems we may have with the internal monologue isn’t only telling too much but telling too much at once. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with having long sections of internal monologue, it can become problematic when we depart too far from the story too often. An example might be to break … Continue reading Breaking the Flow Revisited

What’s Internal Monologue? Revisited

A monologue is a single person speaking as opposed to dialogue which is two or more, and when we say internal we mean in their head. Therefore an internal monologue is our character’s thoughts but precisely what we define as an internal monologue may vary. For instance, we may say that if we’re writing first-person/subjective … Continue reading What’s Internal Monologue? Revisited

Getting Internal Revisited

For the last few weeks we've been looking at dialogue so lets take a look at our character's internal monologue: What it is, the different types and different ways of using it. Monday - What's Internal Monologue? A look at what we mean by 'internal monologue'. Tuesday - Breaking The Flow, Using action and description … Continue reading Getting Internal Revisited

Are You Still Speaking? Revisited

I keep coming back to the notion that what is unsaid is as important as what is said. This can be something that is implied through non-verbal communication, like fiddling, through what they avoid saying, or through a meaning beyond what the characters’ words. This can sound difficult, and it can be made to sound … Continue reading Are You Still Speaking? Revisited

A Phrasing All Their Own Revisited

People have different ways of phrasing things whether it’s colloquial, individual, or passed down a family. It could be a verbal tic, an unusual saying or unusual grammar, literally anything. Simply because these things aren’t conventional doesn’t mean we can’t give them to our characters, giving them these quirks makes them more real to readers. … Continue reading A Phrasing All Their Own Revisited

Building Banter Revisited

We may think of ‘banter’ as intrinsically humorous and it can be but just because characters don’t have a funny relationship doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a back and forth. They could be characters that the read knows hate each other but they have to make the appearance of liking each other which creates a … Continue reading Building Banter Revisited