The Technique: Dialogue
I've never met anyone who couldn't write dialogue, only people who think they can't!
Your character can say whatever she wants, however she wants to say it (so long as it’s true to who she is!) He can convey important information by telling another character a story -- about himself or his parents or wife, or the town in which he grew up, or a trip he took, or whatever. It could also be emotional information… your character can speak her feelings! Whatever the dialogue conveys to the reader, he gets to decide!
Getting Started: Dialogue is both an efficient and interesting way to provide necessary information to the reader. It’s a much better way than simply having the information conveyed in the Writer’s Voice – you may recall hearing about the “Omniscient Observer” in your high school English courses. Using dialogue is so much more power-packed than the omniscient observer of old.
Hint: The images for this prompt allow for any number of powerful emotional paths to be followed through the dialogue of this couple.
What if the picture of the young girl with the injured man is a memory, but whose? The settings at the top and bottom could imply that one of the characters is leaving, perhaps torn between the idyllic background of the countryside temple and the bright and modern backdrop offered by the city. You might have your own What If's based on these three pictures.
Dialogue should drive a plot forward and deepen the reader's understanding of a character. For this exercise, write for 30 minutes!