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A vignette?
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Re: A vignette?

A vignette is simply a story. It doesn't have to be real, and it doesn't even have to have a super developing plot. It's simple purpose is revealing something about the author through the telling of a story or description of a situation. You can write it from whatever point in time you like, from whatever perspective you like - just make it your own.

Don't worry about writing it from a "younger" frame of mind or anything like that - some people can pull it off, and others can't. Really, the point of writing from a younger point of view is to show how that person saw the world at that point in time - usually at a moment that changed their perception of the world.

But, like I said, you don't have to do that at all. The great thing about writing is that it's not "wrong", it's... yours. Do what you want with it - because your best pieces are not those painted within the tight constriction of a jail cell, they are those composed while your heart is free.

And that's the point of a vignette, whether your English teacher thinks so or not.

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A vignette? - whole.cult - 02-18-2010, 10:59 AM
Re: A vignette? - magikarp - 02-18-2010, 11:24 AM
Re: A vignette? - whole.cult - 02-18-2010, 11:26 AM
Re: A vignette? - returnal - 02-18-2010, 01:49 PM
Re: A vignette? - Aviator - 02-21-2010 03:31 PM

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