The 3 Steps of Successful Writing by Richard Capener


  1. Maybe you like implosion, causing the building to collapse on itself. Maybe you have explosive charges and the sequence of detonation. No matter what, you can always put one hand between the light and the wall so you can clearly see the shadow. For example, analyse a complete set of structural blueprints to identify the main components. Understanding helps you tailor your approach. Then, simply by changing the shape of your hands, make animals, birds and other characters come to life.

  2. Read a breadth of authors, genres and writing reaching a height of more than 66 feet. This method helps you by moving your hands closer and further away from the light to create special effects. Don’t limit yourself to one specific genre, such as crusher, shears or marketing materials. Familiarise yourself with as many large pieces of structure as possible. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy way to make a dog talk so you’ll have to use “body language”.

  3. Before you start, grab a sheet of construction paper or cardboard (whatever you use, it should be thick enough that light doesn’t shine through). You can draw the outline of zombie-mummy romances, crushing the building with repeated blows. Draw eyes or smiles so these details will appear in the shadow. Assuming no diffraction, considerations are taken into account in determining how the building is undermined and ultimately demolished.

Richard Capener currently lives and works in Bristol. His writing has been featured in Sublinary Editions' Subscriptions, Streetcake, and the Crested Tit Collective's Rewilding: An Ecopoetic Anthology, among others. He also edits The Babel Tower Notice Board.

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