First Advisor

Hicks, David


Swanson, Eleanor


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


English, Psychology

Number of Pages

58 pages


My thesis explores what makes a good novel, and how an author goes about writing a good novel. I begin with my story of trying to write my own novel from the beginning of Freshmen year and continue into my current passion for writing. I start by trying to answer the question “What is a novel?” and go on to look at authors individuals styles which includes how and why they write. Finally I end with a look at how well-written characters make a novel great. Overall, writing a novel comes down to having something important to say or providing your readers with an entertaining story. The importance of novels lies in how well readers can relate to the characters, and if the readers learn something new along with the characters.

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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