Writing

How to Write Characters’ Thoughts: 6 Ways to Format Internal Dialogue

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 • 5 min read

In short story or novel writing, the protagonist’s inner thoughts can reveal deeper insight into who they are and what motivates them. If you’re writing fiction and want to include your character's internal thoughts, find a way to differentiate them from the rest of the text so the reader knows they’re reading a character’s thoughts. There are different techniques for doing so, allowing you to get into your character’s mind to reveal their inner dialogue.