My friend was reading through the NaNoWriMo forums and came across the idea of writing one’s novel synopsis as a haiku, which involves distilling all 50,000+ words down to seventeen syllables. Read hers here. I tried it myself, coming up with one haiku for each book in my series:
Mad queen and cute maid
may both have many secrets,
but don’t trust the cat.
She waits with shadows,
witnessing lives long since gone.
Still we search for her.
is hard when you insist on
trying to kill us.
Also, since tomorrow is All Saints Day, here’s a little limerick about a couple of saints.
There were two indispensable men,
quite earnest and violent, but then
went from Simon and Saul
to Peter and Paul—
learned the might of prayer and the pen.
Incidentally, the patron saints of writers are Ss. Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, and John the Evangelist, and the patrons of poets are Ss. David and Columba. Though not officially patrons of writing (as far as I’m aware), I think that St. Paul would be good to pray to for reaching your audience, St. Hildegard of Bingen would be good to pray to for musical compositions and morality plays, and St. Thomas Aquinas would be good to pray to for help with internally consistent world building and a logical plot—these things are very important!
Anyway, I hope you have a happy Halloween, All Saints Day, and Dia de Los Muertos!
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