42 is the Right Answer, Day 19

shelf sYour creative writing prompt for Day 19 is:

On the shelf

Who is? Or what? Where? Why? When? How?

Your task is to write a monologue with this as the theme. Try for a 10-minute script.

A monologue is really a one man/woman show – a whole script for a single voice. The trick is to make it entertaining by using the speaker’s observations about what is (or isn’t) going on.

Just in case you are wondering, a monologue is different from a soliloquy in that it is usually complete and is directed to an audience, whereas a soliloquy is usually from a longer, multi-character play when a character speaks their feelings aloud regardless of who is listening.

I’m not suggesting you write a 30-minute award-winning drama here unless you can, unless you want to.

You can, of course, write whatever springs to mind from the prompt, in whatever genre you like, and make it as long or as short as you choose.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to see how monologue writing can be done, check out some of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues from the 1980s, still fresh and disturbing – and brilliant!

This classic one is ‘A Cream Cracker Under the Settee’ starring Thora Hird, 30 minutes of award-winning clever drama first aired on UK television in 1988. Poignant and of its time, but an object lesson in how to write (and perform) a monologue.


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I intend posting prompts here each day (until May Day) at 5pm – alive at five (Dublin time).