A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
separate stories wrapped around central characters, setting
- A vignette is typically 800-1000 words, but can be as short as a few lines.
- A vignette will usually have 1-2 short scenes, moments, or impressions about a character, an idea, a theme, a setting, or an object.
- Most vignettes are told in just one point of view.
- The vignette might be part of some larger work or a complete description in itself.
- Provide description to achieve an artistic effect.
- Use this device to explore a character, describe the setting of a scene, or something else.
- Include lots of symbolism and imagery.
- Vignettes can be fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.
- A vignette does not require a main conflict or a resolution of a conflict.
- Feel free to use simple and minimal language, or lush, detailed prose.
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
- Railroads by E.B White
- In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
- The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May, 2017. Click to follow its progress.