Something that may be written on a vine leaf
noun 1. a brief evocative description, account, or episode.
2. a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border.
verb 1. portray (someone) in the style of a vignette.
|John Wesley Thomas|
1831 - 1908
A vignette is like a poem and personal narrative combined. it focuses on a particular moment, mood, aspect, setting, character or object. Writing a vignette can help you illustrate a certain moment for others to learn from or help you come to terms with professional or personal issues. It can also be used for character exploration. Similar to flash fiction, which is an explosive moment described with a great deal of impact squeezed into a few pages, a vignette does not need a lot of dramatic weight. It's an honest and very personal reflection of anything that comes to your mind or that you've experienced.
Tips on how to write a vignette:Nowadays, a vignette is what you call a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot. Instead, the vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting, object, or if you’re clever, a unique and smooth blend of them all. It is the perfect form of writing for poetic descriptions, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay.
The language can be simple and minimalistic, or extravagantly crafted literary prose. It’s your choice. Write in the style and genre you are comfortable with and in the genre you love. There are no limits regarding style and genre. In fact, the vignette only has one rule: create an atmosphere, not a story. Set your mind on a moment. Use all the senses to describe it. Especially the neglected ones like touch and taste and sound.
For our challenge today, I have set the limit of words at 150. You may select the style of your piece, from free verse to prose poetry (and anything else in between), which you feel best suits the purposes of your vignette.