Day Eighteen: Compose a Series of Anecdotes

Repetition and accumulation give structure and momentum to a piece of writing — and help your readers stay engaged (it’s one of the reasons why lists, which we’ve explored earlier in this course, are so effective as a narrative tool).

Today, tell a story through a series of anecdotes (also called vignettes): short, episodic scenes or moments that together read as variations on the same theme. They can each be as short or long as you see fit — they don’t have to be the same length — but they need a common feature to tie them together, whether it’s a repeated phrase, a similar setting, a literary device, or the appearance of the same person.

Laly’s Tip

If you are beginning your journey as a writer, you might find helpful this article by Masterclass: “What Is a Vignette In Literature? Defining the Literary Device, Plus 5 Tips On Writing Vignettes“. There you’ll see see examples of vignettes and learn how to write them.

Laly York. Neurodivergent Gen-X writer / B.Ed. / Lawyer. Writing, coding and taking pics. From Jupiter, living in a soap opera; flying on the web with three blogs.


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