Consider this : moments in my writing life after which everything was different / Chuck Palahniuk.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In this spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what makes for powerful writing. With advice grounded in years of careful study and a keenly observed life, Palahniuk combines practical advice and concrete examples from beloved classics, his own books, and a "kitchen-table MFA" culled from an evolving circle of beloved authors and artists, with anecdotes, postcards from the road, and much more. Clear-eyed, sensitive, illuminating, and knowledgeable, Consider This is Palahniuk's love letter to stories and storytellers, booksellers and books themselves"-- Provided by publisher.
    • ISBN:
      9781538717950
      1538717956
    • Accession Number:
      2019036414
    • Accession Number:
      on1114282634
      1114282634
    • Accession Number:
      fay.679896

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 December #2

"[Do] not write to be liked," Palahniuk (Adjustment Day, 2018) insists in his first book of advice for writers. "Write to be remembered." It's the kind of pointer one might expect from the master of morbid fiction, but the subversive novelist also reveals surprising humility. Originally a journalist, Palahniuk credits his success to a "kitchen-table MFA," the unofficial education he received from in-home workshops with respected writers. One thing he learned is to apply nonfiction forms to fictional structures, which he demonstrates by punctuating chapters on texture, authority, tension, and process with minimemoirs disguised as book tour "postcards." Anyone looking to steal Palahniuk's bestseller-blueprints will find that he admits that there's no formula for success, though he does suggest some crowd-pleasing tropes, including voyeurism. Foremost, he says, writing is about enjoyment and catharsis. Palahniuk's snappy advice isn't always convincing, but he does offer fresh and accessible ideas. Fans will appreciate the insight into his own work, especially Fight Club (1996), his tributes to friends and forebears, and how he delivers gracious and encouraging wisdom in his characteristically conversational style. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 November #3

Palahniuk (Adjustment Day) delivers a fine book on writing, full of advice and anecdotes garnered from his career as a novelist, that will help both those aspiring to write bestsellers and those hoping to write from the heart. His practical tips range from the importance of surprising one's readers to the need to torment one's characters. He concludes the book's nuts-and-bolts component with a troubleshooting chart (he asks those whose beginnings don't hook readers, "Do you begin with a thesis sentence that summarizes, or do you begin by raising a compelling question or possibility?"). Palahniuk also writes about his own life, in recurrent "Postcards from the Tour" sections on the joys and trials of being a famous author (the latter including an incident when a book-signing attendee, angered that Palahniuk refused to sign a Don DeLillo novel, attacked him with a tube full of mice). The book finally rises to a moving emotional crescendo, in a final chapter that shares moments of serendipity from Palahniuk's time on the road. Reminiscent of Stephen King's On Writing in never failing to entertain while imparting wisdom, this is an indispensable resource for writers. Agent: Dan Kirschen, Sloan Harris, ICM Partners. (Jan.)Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly noted that at one point Palahniuk was attacked by a fan bearing a tube full of dead mice. The mice, in fact, were not dead.

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.