A solo podcast is hard. It needs to feel like a conversation with the person on the otherside, who doesn’t get a chance to speak back. So, if a conversation was like this in real life, how would it have got there?
What would have been the question that you were asked to start your monologue? Think that through at the beginning because how you start is going to set the tone for the rest of the episode.
This doesn’t apply just to podcasts, but also to essays, forum comments, emails, etc.