This blogs shows the tasks and process I had to undergo to develop my own project narrative and manifesto. The process began by relooking at the research questions from the group research phase of the project and changing them to fit a new narrative. Some elements I have kept the same such as the community aspect, the importance of education as well as food poverty, ensuring everyone in a community is well fed regardless of class and poverty lines.
The next tasks begin with comparing two images, one from a magazine and one from one of the books from our reading list. This developed into a critical analysis of the two images which helped develop a narrative of the images.
The next tasks were to chose a non fictional passage and a fictional passage of which the passage described a space. I then had to emulate the style of the author and write my own passages in a non fictional style and a fictional style and then compare the two. The purpose of this exercise was to explore how to write a narrative and what would be best for my own narrative. I came to the conclusion that writing a narrative in a non fictional style is more enjoyable to read but also gives more depth, adding to the development of the story.
Comparing both passages A and B:
Both the pieces of text, even though they are written about the same space are very different and almost create a different view of the same space. The fictional narrative piece of text creates a lot more atmosphere around the room as well as in it and creates naturally a lot more narrative. The second piece of text which is non-fictional, inspired by an interior design magazine, is written as almost an instruction manual of the dos and don’ts of interior spaces, creating less of an atmosphere but more of a guideline as to what to follow.
I prefer the first the which is a more narrative piece of creative writing but captivates you more to the story and narrative that is being told. There is also the added dimension of character description and development which emphasis how people and human behaviours and interactions are just as much of the space as the furniture and furnishings in the space, arguably more important than the physical aspects. The non-fiction text can also go into more depth and description such as the five senses and how the individual reacts and feels towards the space. In contrast, the non-fiction text is much less inviting and captivating than the fictional piece of text. Although it teaches or tells the reader how to create atmosphere in their own room, it lacks the own creativity and atmosphere in the writing. It is not a bad style of writing as it is formal and, in another context, creates a very formative, educational guideline which most people reading the text would find helpful. However, for the context of creating an interesting, creative narrative it is perhaps the wrong approach and extract A fits a better example as to what to expect for creating narrative and atmosphere to set the tone and purpose of the project.