Write A Dramatic Monologue
Have your protagonist tell their story out loud, in a self-aware way. Make it clear that they know they have an audience – whether or not you spell out why. (Perhaps they’re telling their story to the first police officer on the scene, perhaps they’re talking to a grown-up grandchild, or recording their story for StoryCorp’s National Archives project). You can have them refer to the reason, or simply ramble on.
Make it clear that this is their story and that no-one is going to interrupt, then let them go.
- Will your protagonist be scrupulously honest, or portray herself in a good light, her enemies in a bad light? Will that be subtle or blindingly obvious?
- Will your hero use humor? What emotions will he betray?
- Does the language your character use tell us something about their personality, their upbringing, their age?
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