This week we continued to plan out the walk that we are doing for this project. We started and continued to write our stories for the specific places along our routes and we used a sheet given to us by Leasa to help us determine exactly what we want to have in our project and why we want to use it. The sheet had questions about our choices for the walk that we are doing, some of the questions and my answers are:

What is your chosen area and why?

The area that I have chosen to base my walk in is Reculver, which is a small town near Herne Bay. I decided on this area because as a child my mother and her sisters went there often, and I myself, visited the area a lot growing up.

What theme are you using? (i.e: food, history, sport, fictional, photography etc)

The theme I am going for is history. Reculver has a roman fort that has many historic stories and many haunted tales. I’ve decided that basing fictional stories on the history of the area would make my stories move realistic and certainly more interesting, therefore I will merge both my own fictional ideas with the history of the town.

What is your style of writing? (travel/journalistic, blog, non-fiction or fiction)

I have decided that I am going to write my pieces in a fictional way because that way I can choose the focus of my stories. I figured that writing fictional pieces for my walk would give readers or listeners images of what happened in the places they’re in.


This week Greg also showed us some audio clips of other authors work to help us to understand the difference in genres and conventions and the way they sound when recorded. This allowed us to hear the different sound effects that may be used in different genres of audio. For example in horror there could be footsteps in the background of the recording, whereas in science fiction there could be sounds of alien spaceships. One example of an audio that Greg showed us what Orson Welles’ The War of The Worlds:

I think that the sound effects within this piece really help to capture the attention of listeners and I really enjoyed listening to it myself as I felt obliged to pay attention whilst listening to Welles speak. The sense of reality in this piece is what I believe makes it most interesting, as it genuinely feels as though it could potentially be real.


 

References:

1.YouTube. (2017). Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” radio drama – CBS October 30, 1938 – subtitled. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWD9Q6klzco (Accessed: 22nd January 2017)

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