sad“Oh dear, mother is going to be so mad at me. How could I have known those delicious flowers were off-limits. They were so good! I absolutely loved them, especially the blue and red ones. Mother is going to be so mad. What should I do? Oh I know, I will lie down and give her big puppy eyes and she will forgive me for sure!” “Tanner, what have you done!” (lays down and looks at the woman) “Awe, ok fine, I forgive you.”  -Bella


Excitement (July 2011)

“OMG! You really, really mean it! You really mean it and I mean, really truly mean it?!?! I guess you mean it because that is definitely your serious face right there. I will be very serious too. Mmmmm. Oh, I can’t stand it. I have to be exited!  I……………” -Chloe


“I’m sorry. I really, really am. But the toilet was so…good. Yum. Sorry. I didn’t know I’d fall in. Why do you look mad? It’s not like I dragged the water around the house. Oh wait–I did that with mud last week. I’m really sorry. Does this mean I don’t get any more treats? Or belly scratches? Can I sleep in your bed tonight? Please? Does this face I’m making change anything? Are you sure? Why are you looking at me like that? What does adorable mean? Wha-ohhh…that feels nice! Yeah…keep scratching there. Yea-OHH! Yes. That’s the spot. There you go. Now how about that treat?” -Kaylie, age 13


“Ugh, will she EVER shut up? At first I tried to listen, I really did. But then I just got bored, and then annoyed. I thought that if I acted like a statue or something, maybe she would just stop talking. But no, that was just too much to ask wasn’t it? She saw right through it! Now I’m stuck here, tethered by the bonds of marriage, destined to live my life absorbing the meaningless chatter my wife spouts and pretending to care. I loved my wife, I still do. I just never imagined that she would stay like this. I thought it was just a phase when we first met, that maybe she’d outgrow it or something. I’d never guessed that even after we were married, she would continue with her babbling. Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to live like this. I guess I’ll just have to learn. Wish me luck…I’m gonna need it.” Emily, age 13



“Oh wow, this grass is soft! No, it’s tickling me! Oh, it’s both! Oh well! The sun is really bright! At least that makes it warm. I really don’t want to leave this spot. Hey! It could float to school with me! No, that’s surreal. Oh well! I can always fantasize!” – Ruthie


afraid man

“What day is it? Humph. What kind of question is that? I’m a 75-year-old man and you expect me to know what day it is just like that? Humph. Oh, wait. Wait. Think old man, THINK! What day is it? Ugh. How could I FORGET our 50th anniversary? Think. THINK. I gotta have a plan. A plan. She is just looking at me with expectant eyes…. Oh, those eyes. I remember those baby blues the first day we met. I remember handing her a shaking fist full of daisies I picked from the neighbor’s yard. AH, HA! THAT’S IT! Grocery stores have daisies! Time to clear the throat and lay on the charm. “Of COURSE, I remember honey. How could you think I would forget TODAY? Why, I remember the first time I saw you…” -Michelle Senters (Director)

Smiling woman

“Don’ that girl gotta lotta spunk, ain’ tha’ right? She come here, askin’ for mah help, an’ sh’ ‘as no way a payin’? No one come to Witch Mama Ethel widdout a type a payment!… Oh? Whad’s dis? Shi’ll gimme a quarter a da treasure, if sh’ finds it, huh? Hmm… Money, be’s nice, but Mama Ethel don’ need money. Y’know whut? I could use another Skeleton Ball, I haven’ commun’d wid da dead in a while. Let’z tes’ da girl, see wha sh’ can do, see if sh’ could really get da treasure. I’ll sen’ ‘er on mah own li’l ques’.” – Erik, age 12


Waaah!“No I don’t want a bath, let me play with my dinosyoar! (The baby does not say everything correctly) The mud was fun though.”
-Eli, age 11



“Please give me a treat! I am so hungry I could eat my whole bag of food! I will be the best dog ever! (Ok I just want to tell you to make a happy ending, which I LOVE happy endings and puppies, He gets the treat.) -Zsa Zsa, age 9




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The authors were inspired to write using the “Internal Dialogue” prompt. Click here to view the prompt.

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  1. I am truly impressed with the dialogues on this page. Everyone did a fantastic job studying the photo and getting into the mind of the character. Well done!
    Internal dialogue is an important tool for writers. It allows the reader to understand the personality, inner struggles, motivations, and secrets of the character.