I’ve recently realized that I use a surprising amount of dialogue and words in the images I create, especially when filling memory palaces/journeys with images. At first, I thought this would be problematic; after all, words on a sign (a technique I use fairly frequently) doesn’t make for a particularly memorable image. But so far I haven’t had any issues. I figured it might be worth mentioning, in case others want to experiment with it as well.
For an example of a sign; My list of Michigan’s counties includes a direction sign hanging in a stairway. On it is a large arrow and the words “New way. Go!” There is a cloud drifting along above this sign. (This tells me the county is Newaygo, and the county seat is White Cloud.) In my list of countries of the world, at one point I just have a sign with an arrow pointing north that says “North Way” for Norway.
At other points I’ll have characters just tell me their name (“I’m Ann Arbor”) or have an actual dialogue exchange to deliver the information I’m wanting to remember.
I tend to use these approaches when I have absolutely no strong images for a word or a piece of information—no puns occur to me, nothing “sounds like” what I’m trying to remember, etc. So I fall back on putting it on a sign or having someone say the actual information to me.
Admittedly, these are not the strongest associations I could make. But they do seem to work for me, especially when combined with a strong location. (I once tried using a large generic location, depending on the various dialogues happening to make the scene memorable, and it completely failed.)