In our first week back we learnt that our next project is going to about writings stories or journalistic pieces based on a certain walk and the landmarks along that walk. I chose to do a walk around Canterbury, starting from the cricket ground, then the Castle, through Dane John Gardens, along the wall to the Cathedral, up through The Kings Mile and down to the Marlowe and the Great Stour ending up at the West Gate Towers.
When we had chosen our walk, we had to answer questions based on setting. This helping us write our stories. We have done this before when we wrote stories, however they didn’t need to be real, meaning this time round we had a much more specific idea of what its like.
Along with doing the questions, we researched the walk and the landmarks we had chosen so we could embed the landmarks historical background with our stories. To do this I looked on the internet along with finding books that hold information about certain landmarks. This all being secondary means that I hope to find some primary research to get a more personal tone to my story’s.
Plus we also looked at types of genres we could use. Such as: Crime, Horror, Science Fiction and Travel writing. Examples of professional work included, Bill Bryson for Travel writing and Algreman Blackwood in Horror.
Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island
There are certain idiosyncratic notions that you quietly come to accept when you live for a long time in Britain. One is that British summers used to be longer and sunnier. Another is that the England football team shouldn’t have any trouble with Norway. A third is the idea that Britain is a big place. This last is easily the most intractable.
Algerman Blackwood, The Empty House
Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil. In the case of the latter, no particular feature need betray them; they may boast an open countenance and an ingenuous smile; and yet a little of their company leaves the unalterable conviction that there is something radically amiss with their being: that they are evil. Willy nilly, they seem to communicate an atmosphere of secret and wicked thoughts which makes those in their immediate neighbourhood shrink from them as from a thing diseased.
Looking at these professional pieces allowed us to get an understanding of what tone and style is needed for that certain genre. In terms of which one helped me understand how to do so more, I would say the Bill Bryson piece helped me more. Bryson created a great comedic tone in his work and light-hearted, in doing this he still shows aspects of Britain in which others travel pieces you may not get. However with ‘The Empty House’ it didn’t feel like a horror book introduction but rather Blackwood had something to say and just had to say it. With this introduction it made it harder for me to understand the tone and style of horror pieces.
After looking at the different genres we had to write ten different sentences each being of different genres, using three different sentences openings:
I couldn’t believe what was in front of my eyes, there stood the a ghost.
It was then that something odd happened, the sky cracked with thunder as three alien like figures appeared.
They would never believe me when I told them of how I solved the case Holmes could never solve.
You can see that each sentence has a different genre and a different opening. I chose to write the genres horror, science fiction and crime. Each have a similar structure but are all under different circumstances. When I wrote these I was going to aim them at children which is why they are quite simple. The tone of all the sentences are different to show that different genres vary in tone along with style.
- Blackwood, A. (1939). The tales of Algernon Blackwood. 1st ed. New York: E.P. Dutton, p.The empty house, accessed 5th January 2017
- Bryson, B. (1995). Notes from a small island. 1st ed. New York: Morrow, accessed 5th January 2017