If you are a memoir writer, you may already have a large collection of vignettes (short scenes) written about your life and tucked away in various journals and files, or maybe you are in the process of writing them. While it's certainly helpful to recall past events and organize background material, it's a mistake to start with a bunch of pieces and attempt to build a story from them. See more: How to Avoid the 'Vignette Trap' When Writing a Memoir