Last weekend weekend, we had Harika Bantupalli, one of our newest members and one of my loveliest friends making a debut hosting at WC. She is a full-time writer, an editor, a voracious reader and must I insist, a really wonderful creative-head.
The session mainly focused on writing vignettes. A “vignette” is a word that originally meant “something that may be written on a vine leaf.” This image makes us think: small, special, delicate, and perhaps not for everyone to see.
Write up an abstract piece depicting a slice of life in the least of words. Set your mind on a moment. Use all the senses to describe it. Especially the neglected ones like touch and taste and sound. Try not to go over 800 words. Anything longer than that will want to become a story. That’s our rule and guideline!
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. .
I must say, it was one of the perfect hosting and the perfect sessions ever! Writing a slice of life and having presented it wasn’t ever half as easy as it was this weekend.
Thank you Harika, for bringing that to WC.