Vita must be invented but use motifs/themes/narrative patterns/genre conventions/etc
found in the primary texts you have been reading
The saint should be clearly situated in a time period, geographic location, and political
structure that is historically accurate (i.e. not invented)
The saints life should be plausible according to what you have learned regarding gender
norms, state persecution, ascetic traditions, ideals of holiness, changes in the structure of
the Church, the legalization of Christianity
The text should be well-written, with good grammar, catching phrases, stylistic turns
appropriate to the purported author and pretended audience