How to Create a Monologue (Easy and Simple)

Updated on September 13, 2016

Monologues have been around for years and years.

There are two different simple ways you could create your own monologue.

  1. Write it from scratch.
  2. Use an already made one and change it around.

In these simple steps I will show you how to write a script from scratch.

Things to Remember:

  • In a monologue, you are the only actor/actress.
  • Do not confuse the audience.
  • It should be clear and easy to understand.
  • You should take the audience on some type of journey.
  • Aim for something new.
  • Your character should be someone who intrigues you to take on.
  • In regards to timing, don't rush yourself, but don't pause for a long time.

Steps to Creating a Dramatic Monologue

  1. Think up a character.
  2. Create a character profile.
  3. Begin your script.
  4. Edit your monologue.

Step One:

Think up the type of character you want. You don't necessarily need to know much about them at this stage. You could do this by standing in front of a mirror holding a position of your made up character or even talking gibberish and testing out different facial expressions, voice, and movement. Another good starting point is to base your character on someone you know, or some TV star you see as an inspiration.

Step Two:

Now that you have some idea of a character in mind, it's time to create a character profile. A character profile should include the following:

Name: The name and all nicknames of your character should be placed here.

Biography: A brief overview of your character should be written out here. These prompts should be used as a jumping off point. The key is to delve into your character's past, present and future.

  • Age: Child, teen, mid 20s, middle-aged.
  • Facial Expressions: Angry, sad, happy, chagrined.
  • Hair: Neat/messy, up/down, long/short.
  • Clothing Style: Casual, posh, formal, grungy.
  • Speaking Style: Shy, loud, accent, slang.
  • General Demeanor: How they come across to other people.
  • Career: What they are, work as, or get paid for doing.
  • Hobbies: What they enjoy doing.
  • Likes: What they like.
  • Dislikes: What they hate.

Step Three:

Begin your script writing.

With a detailed 'Character Profile,' you should find your path from here simple and easy.

You should begin paying most of your attention to the past, present, and future parts of your character profile. This should show your character's life already planned out.

  1. Start by taking a part from your character's past and creating a flashback scene from it.
  2. Transitions are very important. Be creative: pause for a second and let something happen or do something such as putting a hood on or off.
  3. Next, you should be able to know what your monologue is about. Once you do you should open up 'Word' or any other typing page and start writing out your monologue script.

Again you should keep in mind or have a copy of your character profile near you at all times.

  • Start by introducing your character, in character, to the audience. You could use an aside: an aside is when your character speaks their mind to the audience.
  • Next briefly allow the audience to know what situation you are in or what message you are trying to get across in your performance. Take the audience with you on your own journey depending on what you have created so far.

Example: OH GOD NO! I heard him pull up the driveway again, dad pull up the drive way again. Door opening. Glass smashing. Feet stumbling. Him stumbling. Dad crashing towards the door. Banging. Dad banging. Dad banging harder...

  • This could indicate that your dads come back home once again drunk or drugged where you could play out the role of either the child or wife.
  • Further down in your script you should have played out already all the important key facts you needed to get your chosen message across or what you wanted the audience to see whether it be a mental journey or a physical one.
  • Last you should end your monologue script smoothly. Not just by pausing and finishing with the audience with unanswered questions.

Step Four:

Make sure to edit your script a few times after you have finished it. Draft it and keep on going until you are happy with it. Only once you're happy with what you have and it checks all those TO REMEMBER points in the list at the top should you consider it a final draft.

Don't forget now that you have a script, you still have to bring it to life as an actor and director.

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        Jesus kondom 

        2 days ago

        wait isn't a monologue writen like you think

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        mac9999888777666 

        2 months ago

        it realy helped

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        idk and idc 

        2 months ago

        Thanks for the help I sorta get it now

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        bob 

        2 months ago

        i am wrighting a monolouge it helped a bit

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        Abigail 

        3 months ago

        Thank you vety much,you madee to writey monologue for theater class

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        aphroditeJl 

        4 months ago

        Thanks for lending us this incridble ideas especially for me cause' it helps me making my nephew a monologue. Well,first I am having a difficulty in writing it but when the time I found this page of yours, I felt so excited. So thank you a lot!

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        suhani 

        4 months ago

        good info.

        was very helpful

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        Dixa 

        4 months ago

        I have an assignment of writing a monologue on a bubblie character (girl) of 17/18 yrs but I really don't know what to write?!

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        Jai 

        6 months ago

        I have a project to do on Hispanic people by doing a monologue but i really don’t know much about what you supposed to put omg a monologue

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        newbie 

        6 months ago

        Hi! i have an audition coming up and don't know much about it. this is my very first audition ever so i don't know what to expect... should i prepare to sing? dance? give a monologue? and how long does an audition usually take?

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        Buhle 

        8 months ago

        Hei guyz ineed a help about monologue theme say isolation

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        Unknown 

        8 months ago

        hi , I'm trying doing my best to write a monologue but I don't know how because I never write monologue in my life

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        jk\ 

        9 months ago

        hi

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        Wolf478 

        9 months ago

        I'm also writing a monologue for a class, and I will be presenting it. after reading this, I feel confident in my capability to do so with an effective script.

        Cheers!

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        Person 

        9 months ago

        This was ver useful and it did not just make the crowd laugh it made me laugh! I loved using your tips for my presentation Thanks

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        Sarah 

        9 months ago

        Hi, I am learning how to d a monologue and this really helped me and I got a A+ for my assessment. Thank you so much for helping me i really learnt a lot of things i really appreciate it.

        By the way keep up the work, yo really helped so much.

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        Britney 

        9 months ago

        Can you please write an example straight away because I need this next week, I am gong to to it in front f a class I don’t know what to write. We are doing a refugee and I don’t know how to start it and I am really scared f doing it in front of a class because I have stage fright and I sweat alot

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        mae 

        10 months ago

        example?plz and thanks

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        Emani 

        10 months ago

        This is broken down very well and was very helpful! i follow the exact steps and came up with a good monologue! Thank You !

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        Dun dun DUN 

        11 months ago

        This is pretty helpful!

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        jella cyrus 

        12 months ago

        thank you for this, this explanation it's helpful .

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        12 months ago

        Could you plz give an actual example of a monologue as well

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        Annonomous 

        12 months ago

        Not too helpful,but okay

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        allie 

        12 months ago

        this was really helpful. I'm writing a monologue for my school play auditions and this helped so much. I hope i get the lead role

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        Paul Bernardo 

        12 months ago

        hey this helped me a lot, thanks.

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        Ben dover 

        12 months ago

        Nice

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        Me 

        12 months ago

        I thought this was gonna HELP me WRITE the script, not just say " oh, you just make up a character, the script will just POP into your mind..." Yeah. BIG help. Thanks.

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        cro cro 

        13 months ago

        i did not understand a thing

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        YoUr mOm 

        13 months ago

        where is the explanation of how to copy paste?

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        Jeff 

        15 months ago

        I still don't understand

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        butler (alfred pennyworth) 

        16 months ago

        hello the past i em from thy future! :) thanks for this its going to help me on my history monologue!

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        Delights 

        17 months ago

        A lot of things here I didn't know

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        random person 

        19 months ago

        hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! i am 5 years late!

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        Junjun 

        20 months ago

        Thanks dude... cool explaination

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        nik 

        21 months ago

        did not help me a lot but was still pretty good on tips.

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        Yashveen 

        24 months ago

        really useful

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        johnclarke 

        2 years ago

        Have already got a book published but am trying a new genre.

        the character goes through three srages in the action, Spanish civil war, world war 2, and the Cuban revolution. He cannot reconcile the fact that his adopted father who has raised him an Argentian shot his biological father in line of duty. What would be an appropriate monologue to reconcile these two fact realizing that he loves his adopted father, but his Latin temperament means that he must revenge his biological father

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        Rachel whitfield 

        2 years ago

        This monologue set plain, is the best.

        after i got through reading it, i had the best monologue ever with an A+. thanks so much.

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        hotdog69 

        2 years ago

        thanks but I still dont know how to wright one as a story its only telling me how to start it with a character

        .

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        Samanther 

        2 years ago

        SOOO GOOD AND USEFUL - like your BBC

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        POOP 

        2 years ago

        so bad

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        Samuel 

        2 years ago

        Thank you so much, that helped me a lot.

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        Karenza 

        2 years ago

        This was sooooooo helpful, thx :)

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        Jane 

        2 years ago

        Thank you so much for this. Now I know what kind of character I want to portray. :)

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        idk1236 

        2 years ago

        this helped me so much .

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        joy joy 

        2 years ago

        thank you

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        nozipho 

        3 years ago

        Wow!thank you so much I have confidence and I so hope I'll nail my upcoming Audition,it my very first Audition

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        sfundo 

        4 years ago

        Thank you

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        katie 

        4 years ago

        omg, i just wanted an idea of how to start my monologue, like a good opening sentence, not the steps of making one, I already did all of that. wow this was such a waist of my time.

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        niki maniji 

        4 years ago

        yasssss thank you mad props

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        champion 

        5 years ago

        extremely shity i did a better job

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        teacher 

        5 years ago

        You cant learn people... You can only teach them!!

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        5 years ago

        Genial! Me encanta!! :)

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        5 years ago

        thx i like it

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        5 years ago

        I would have failed a big piece of English without this help!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much.

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        5 years ago

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        5 years ago

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        5 years ago

        i need an example of a monologue!!!!!!!! help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        5 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        bob 

        6 years ago

        proper it helped a lot

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        rosi 

        6 years ago

        omggggg ths was so helpful. I got this whole Romeo and Juliet monologue in the bag

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        6 years ago

        thx a lot bro

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        amelie 

        6 years ago

        thank you dude!!!!

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        alfie 

        6 years ago

        coooooooool

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        Pickles&Cabbage 

        6 years ago

        I had to do a monologue in history and I've never written one, let alone seen one until then! This helped me soooo much! Thank you so much!

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        6 years ago

        sweet!!!!!!!!! really saved my hind.............. thanks a lot dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        6 years ago

        really helped

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        6 years ago

        thanks! it helped a lot...

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        The Slender Man 

        6 years ago

        Very useful! Much thanks!

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        6 years ago

        woww!!!!!!! it is so easy thanks dude

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        6 years ago

        thanks alot person that really helped

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago

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        7 years ago

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