As I mentioned in a recent post, Dorothy Parker has a number of pieces which I call “monologue stories”. These tend to be just the inner thoughts of the MC or the MC’s one-side of a conversation. I’ve always enjoyed reading these as they allow the reader to become fully immersed in the personality of the MC. You are literally experiencing the events of the story through the MC.
I have written one of these styled stories before, but it wasn’t that great. However, I am challenging myself, and anyone else who is interested, to give it a try. Can you tell an entire story through only the thoughts of your MC? It’s a lot more challenging than it sounds. If you need inspiration, you can turn to Parker – Lady With a Lamp, or her more humorous examples, The Waltz or A Telephone Call. I will see if I can keep mine down to flash fiction length (a constant challenge for me), and post a final here when I’m done.