WRITING PROMPT #2 - Inanimate Object Monologue
The word monologue is made up of the Greek roots for alone and speak, and it’s the counterpart of the word dialogue, which comes from the Greek word for conversation. Monologues are literary devices that have been used since ancient Greek theatre, but these days, besides on the stage, you find them in TV scripts, on the silver screen in poetry and, of course, in novels. In fact, whole novels have been written as monologues. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, however controversial today, is one such example. It’s an uninterrupted first-person speech where a character elaborates on their thoughts to an audience or another character to get a story across, makes revelations, and has epiphanies. And they can establish the “voice” of the speaker quickly and can be as short or as long as you like. A monologue is one of the most powerful tools you can develop as a writer.
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