SOTW Columnist, Distinguished SOTW Member
hgiles, are you referring to the diminished scale here? I'm not sure you can talk about 'diatonic modes' in terms of a dim scale. Certainly you can play it in many different ways, though.1 Explore the other diatonic modes of the scale.
2 Don't play the whole scale.
3 Play the scale in broken intervals -- 3rd, 4ths
4 Pick 3 or 4 notes and invert them and play them every which way you can.
I'd be really interested in any answers to the OP question (especially the question of applying the dim scale to a minor tonality). I've been working on dim scales lately but am not all that sure about how to apply them, other than on a dom7 chord resolving to the I chord.