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This thesis features an original novella, The Fourth Wall, as well as an exposition on my writing process. The Fourth Wall is a pseudo-medieval immersive fantasy, following the protagonist Elician as he struggles to acquire a mysterious treasure. One of the main components of the story is the breaking of the fourth wall, whereby the characters interact directly with the writer throughout the narrative. Effort is made to include humour in the form of tangential references from real-life popular culture, along with other social and political commentary. As Elician works to overcome the Walls guarding the treasure—each presenting a different challenge—he discovers his limitations and fails to pass the Fourth Wall on the first attempt. He is swept far away, and the rest of the story follows his journey back to the land where the treasure is located, picking up allies and tools along the way to assist him in his quest.
The exposition details my process in developing characterisation, dialogue, theme and plot, as well as the methods used to write and edit the novella. I describe the guidance I received from several non-fiction books, including Stephen King’s On Writing and Sol Stein’s Stein on Writing. These books, aimed at aspiring authors, provided practical advice on developing my story with regards to sentence structure, scene layout and character interactions. I also refer to the useful information I received from Farah Mendlesohn’s Rhetorics of Fantasy, which helped me to choose the story’s narrative structure. In addition, I explain the inspiration for The Fourth Wall, referencing several other authors including Terry Pratchett, as I attempt to replicate the satirical style utilised in his Discworld series. Finally, I conclude with detailing what I have gained in the process of completing this thesis, such as a greater awareness of how to create a story.
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