Gill, Joshua

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Joshua K. Gill

Director: Professor Mark Olsen

This thesis is an exploration of the process of writing a longer work of fiction such as a novel. It explores the organizational framework in which the author lays the foundation for the rest of the story. Included in this framework are character biographies, a summary of each act, a list of important scenes, and so on. The main work of prose is the first seven chapters of the novel I am writing. It is a coming of age story set at Baylor University. At its core, the story is about finding one’s place in life and learning to discern true living and true friends from the many counterfeits the world offers. It is inspired in part by Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Eugene O’Neil’s A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The events of the story are informed by, but not based on, my own experiences. Within the story, I hope to achieve the element of Ekphrasis, discussed in Sir Phillip Sidney’s A Defense of Poesy, which is a fictive dream, or speaking image, that pierces the soul and not only offers the reader a glimpse life as it should be but also inspires them to strive to attain such a life. My target audience is the college student.