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    Vignette/Sketch/Flashfiction

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Cacian, Jan 22, 2012.

    would you consider these three styles the same?
    I am trying to understand what a vignette/sketch/microfiction is to a short story.
    I am looking to try a story and would like any help on this.
    Thanks!
     
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    I've never heard any of those words before. Except sketch, which was used for drawing.
     
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    Now I am confused. I thought a sketch/vignette was a part of a short story that set up the storyline. It has been a long time since I took a creative writing course and obviously I need a refresher on the terms.
     
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    a vignette is akin to a 'scene' and doesn't need to have a clear beginning, middle, ending...

    a sketch is is a bit more, a term mostly used on stage and in stand-up comedy, usually with a beginning, a middle and a conclusion...

    flash fiction/microfiction is supposed to be a complete story told in under 500 words, though i doubt it succeeds often, or at all...

    a short story is a more fully fleshed out piece with a premise that is generally brought to some conclusion [but not always]...

    you could have gotten answers much more quickly by simply googling the terms or looking them up in an online dictionary or writing glossary...
     
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    I did look them up mamma..I was hoping for concrete examples like little snapshots of what they actually mean.
    thank you for helping.
     
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    I think you should just go with the writing and not worry about the term you use for it.
     
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    you know I think you are very right.
    This is the best advice ever.
    Thank you.:)
     

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