Research: How much is enough? And how much do you use? written by Chris Longmuir
It's Research: But Not as we Know it written by Wendy H. Jones
You can't throw that away; it's research! written by Jane Adams
|Sings or chirps by rubbing its wings together|
Last summer I took part in a workshop that explored how to include the five senses in your writing.
Not wanting to waste what I'd learned I decided I'd attempt to include the five senses more in my latest work in progress. This current project is a set of short stories that take place on on my favourite, but fictional place Moon Meadow Farm.
For this first round of research I decided I'd focus on one sense, this being sound. Now, being January there was little hope of being able to go out into the local countryside to listen for the sounds that would be heard on Moon Meadow Farm during the warmer months. So, off I went searching on the internet to listen to UK insects.
|Foxes can be heard 'gekkering'|
I also wanted to include the sounds of typical farmyard and wildlife including badger, owl, sheep etc. I found this great link British Wildlife Recordings by The British Library.
Once I'd listened to an array of sounds I needed a way to describe them in words. Some sounds like the bark of a dog, meow of a cat, hee-haw of a donkey etc. are easier to write than others. But the sound of a fox 'gekkering' (an aggressive sound made between adults or a sound made during play by young foxes) isn't that easy to convey as words. So off I went to look for ways to portray sounds in words and found this link that contains a list of animal sounds and this link that gives a lovely long list of animal noises.
So what will I do with all this research?
I'll mix it with the other senses to hopefully bring Moon Meadow Farm and it's inhabitants to life.