Using Visual Writing Prompts to Create Dialogue


Remember those visual writing prompts I had you find last week? Today we are going to be using them to create a dialogue.  Your purpose for this dialogue is to highlight character/personality of the people in the visual.

Things to note:

· There must be at least two people participating in this dialogue.

·  Each person must speak at least five times.

·  Descriptive tags should be utilized to describe how people spoke.

· Focus on what the characters say AND how they say it.

· Correct dialogue formatting must be used.

Need a visual to help you write? Try these gentlemen:

Or these young ladies:

Thinking about Dialogue

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Discuss the dialogue that you overhead:

1.    Talk about the process of eavesdropping: 

                                                i.      Where did you go?
                                               ii.       How long did you listen to conversation?
                                              iii.      Who was it between?
                                              iv.      How did it feel to be recording the conversation?

2.    What insights did you gain about the way people speak?

3.    How can you apply this to your writing?

4.    How is personality and character revealed through conversation/dialogue?

5.    What happens when more than two people participate in a conversation?

6.    What was the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the way people converse?

7.    What are the differences and similarities between written and spoken conversations?

Finished assignment = 350 words. Post it here in the comments, and on your blog.

Mini-Lesson: Dialogue

The best way to learn about how to write dialogue effectively, is to go out and observe dialogue in it’s natural habitat! Your mission is to go out into the school and eavesdrop in on a conversation. Listen to the conversation for about 10 minutes, record the content and your observations.  Make your notes as specfic as possible as we will be debriefing as a class upon your return.

Happy Creeping!

Another Great Writing Prompt Site!

Yesterday we did some “Digital Quickwrites”. In today’s class we are going to expand on this work, BUT . . . We are going to use the prompts to help us climb into the image and tell the story. How? I’m glad you asked!  Let me tell you a little bit about our good friend imagery.

Writers choose their words very specifically, in order to appeal the senses of the reader.  This descriptive language allows the readers to fully participate in the story through the experience of imagery. The language that creates imagery using falls into one of the following:

Visual- Words or phrases that appeal to our sense of sight. These words could describe color, shape, light and darkness.

Auditory- Words or phrases that appeal to our sense of sound. Examples: Snap, scrape, static.

Kinesthetic- Words or phases that appeal to our sense of touch/feel. Examples: rough, pimpled, jagged

Smell- Words or phrases the appeal to our sense of smell. Examples: reek, aroma, stench

(T)aste can also be included here, as we rarely encounter  taste imagery. Remember that like smell imagery, taste imagery definitely has a positive or negative connotation.

Language that appeals to our senses creates IMAGERY or pictures in our mind’s eye.

 Here’s a great example of how writing for the senses can create imagery, and help us climb into the story.


Your turn! Lets use this prompt to help you write and imagery filled paragraph:

Concept Art Writing Prompt: A Funeral on the Ocean Floor

This visual, and other Sci Fi writing prompts found at:

Reading Assignment #7

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Character POV- Creating Conversations

This week we will be extending upon the “Character POV Tweet” assignment we did a few weeks ago.

For Reading Assignment #6 you will be creating tweets from a minimum of three character’s perspectives-  and you will be creating conversation between these three characters.

You will be writing 25 tweets total, and you will need to pay particular attention to Twitter format.  Be sure to give each character a unique Twitter handle, use the @username format to direct Tweets at each character.  Remember to stick within the 140 character count, and use hashtags as needed to enhance the tone, voice of each character.

Be sure to use the voice, language, and tone of the character you have selected. Remember that you are not simply re-telling plot- but rather showing the characters thoughts/emotions/opinions, and as they relate to the plot and the world of the novel.

Use some of the hashtags listed below to help inspire your Tweets:


All 25 tweets must be ready for tomorrow, as you will be posting them on your blog!

Happy writing!