Mentioning Memory Revisited

The internal monologue can also be used to fill in backstory and introduce memories. I list the separately because we can fill in backstory without showing memories or we can show memories to fill in backstory. When I say ‘show memories’ I refer to flashbacks rather than simply telling the reader about the memory. For … Continue reading Mentioning Memory Revisited


Gap Between Thought and Truth Revisited

As we’ve already mentioned when we’re using internal monologue we don’t have to be entirely truthful, this can be the gap between truth and interpretation, a selective truth or even an outright lie. Internal monologue may be assumed to be the truth on the basis that it is the character’s thoughts, but if internal monologue … Continue reading Gap Between Thought and Truth Revisited

How’d You Like The Wallpaper? Revisited

As we mentioned before internal monologue can relate to the character’s surroundings, it can prompt opinion, memory and sensory experience. Alternatively we can use internal monologue to prompt description of the surroundings. Writers have told me that they struggle with describing settings that are familiar to the character even before the story starts because they … Continue reading How’d You Like The Wallpaper? Revisited

Therefore I Think… Revisited

As we previously discussed the internal monologue is our characters’ thoughts and feelings. A question we might face is how to get those on the page and the easiest way to work this out is to think about our own internal monologues, we don’t have to replicate that exactly because fiction is inherently artificial and … Continue reading Therefore I Think… Revisited

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

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