It’s been a while.
Medical school is busy. Very busy. I haven’t written much.
But I’m back! For quite a long time, I’ve been trying to write a short story version of my novel in an attempt to iron out the kinks in the plot and boil it down to the main threads.
But I can’t do it. I don’t write short stories well because there isn’t enough time for character development. And trying to fit my novel into a short story has proven too difficult for me. Unfortunately, my novel still needs a lot of figuring out, and a summary of some sort would be helpful. What to do…
I remembered that I wrote an epic poem version of a novel I wrote with a friend once, and I actually really enjoyed doing that. So that’s what I’m doing now. I’m writing an epic poem version of my novel.
What’s the difference between the short story and the epic poem? The poem doesn’t require any dialogue or description, and I can just tell the story in short stanzas. Seriously, this is a great way to write a synopsis-type-thing for a novel.
Below is a snippet of what I’ve written so far:
Two kingdoms at war
One above and one below
An Underlander ambassador assassinated
Left no choice
Bloodshed for years
No end in sight
A spy allowing assassins through
To kill the Underland general
At a stalemate even so
More years of struggle
Leading to a conditional peace
To end the death
A decade later
Two men, barely more than youths
Happen upon in the mines
Crystals of old
Forged by magicians
A legend for both kingdoms
Never found until now