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A Naked Bones Information to “Is This a Monologue or a Story?”

Writing monologues is a ability that takes observe. When college students are studying the right way to write monologues, it’s straightforward for them to fall into the lure of writing a narrative spoken by one particular person. Storytelling narrative construction is acquainted — we're taught to learn and write tales from a younger age.

Monologues are totally different. The aim of a monologue is to talk slightly than merely describe or narrate one thing that already occurred. When educating college students the right way to write a monologue, our aim is to maneuver them away from the storytelling framework they're used to writing in, and into a personality communication expertise.

Here's a naked bones information to the distinction between a monologue and a narrative. This isn't an exhaustive checklist of all of the nuances that make a monologue, nevertheless it’s place to start out, particularly if college students have by no means written a monologue earlier than.

A monologue is:
  • Written within the first particular person
  • Spoken by one particular person to a listener
  • Used to speak one thing vital 
  • Set within the current, which is alive and lively
  • Pressing and action-filled (The character has a necessity: a must share, a must reveal, a necessity to elucidate, and many others.)
  • A mini play… NOT a narrative
A narrative is:
  • Written within the third particular person
  • Spoken by a number of individuals to an viewers
  • Used to share an account of one thing that has occurred
  • Set previously, which is over and executed
  • Typically passive and/or impersonal (explaining one thing that occurred to another person or why one thing got here to be the way in which it's)
  • Entertaining, however not a monologue, even when it’s informed by one particular person

If college students aren’t positive whether or not what they're writing is a monologue or a narrative, have them learn by means of their piece and reply the next questions:

  • Is that this written in first particular person or third particular person?
  • Who's the character talking to, a selected particular person or a normal viewers?
  • Is it speaking one thing or describing/narrating one thing?
  • Is it set within the current or the previous?
  • Is it lively or passive?

Evaluate the solutions to the factors listed above (or use the useful chart accessible to obtain under). If the scholar’s piece is extra according to the primary column, they’ve written a monologue. If their piece is extra according to the second column, they’ve probably written a narrative. They’ll want to regulate or re-format their piece to make it an lively, communicative monologue.

Click on right here for a free printable Monologue vs. Story chart.

Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, author and stage combatant from London, Ontario, Canada. She blogs at

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