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Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,826 ratings  ·  508 reviews
Renowned, bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk takes us behind the scenes of the writing life, with postcards from decades on the road and incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling.

In this spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what m
Published January 7th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This might be one of the best craft books ever written.
R.K. Gold
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lot of practical advice and first hand anecdotes by one of the most fascinating authors alive today.

He offers some rules for writers to follow while keeping the reader engaged with tales of his personal writing journey.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read one Palahniuk book (Fight Club) and this, like that, is one fast-moving vehicle, which you might not expect from a writing advice book.

On that point, it scores high marks, especially the first half of the book, where advice, some of it unconventional, comes fast and furious after the repetitive device of "If you were my student, I'd tell you...."

A lot of this is insider information. A veteran of writing groups, CP shares advice he learned from writing groups. Then from writers he
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Recommended for: Minimalists and/or Palahniuk fans, but you needn't be either to appreciate it, if you ask me.

2. The last time I highlighted a book as much as I did this one, it was Steven Pressfield's The War of Art, which I highlighted so heavily that my Kindle started crashing every time. Worth it; it's one of the books I'm just perpetually reading now, starting over again as soon as I finish.

3. YMMV, of course, but for me...

Okay so sometimes I find a writing book written by someone whose
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, engaging read about how the author writes a novel, with entertaining anecdotes about experiences Palahnuik has had throughout his writing career. He is a diligent observer who always has a notebook and pen available. A worthwhile reading experience.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from a great bookstore and am excited to read it because I’ve read fiction books by this author previously.

At only 20 pages in, I’m enjoying this book. Seems helpful in a practical not preachy way. One thing mentioned is not to let readers lose track of who is saying what. I would not have been able to articulate this as a reader, or not as well as he has, but I totally agree. I’ve read many books, including ones I really liked, where I couldn’t tell which characters in the novel
Stay Fetters
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Welcome to America, our never-ending, great popularity contest. And to capitalism, where likability trumps everything else."

Chuck Palahniuk creates a masterpiece of useful information about writing with bizarre and insightful memories of his own trials and tribulations of writing and book tours.

There was a point where I imagined where Chuck was Jack Torrance from The Shining. Where he’s just looking for the right way to blow people’s minds in the most explosive and disgusting way. (Don’t ask)

Nick Craske
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire CP's distinctive style and his commitment to grafting. I read Fight Club back in 1996 and felt the swagger and heft of his stark and brutal style. Not an author I read anymore but I'm reading everything I can on writing craft and writers' personal experiences of how they develop. ...more
Chris Dietzel
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of good books by authors providing writing advice but this might be my new favorite. Palahniuk does an amazing job of alternating between hilarious stories, thoughtful advice, personal experiences, and events that impacted both himself and other authors he knows. After reading this I'm amazed it doesn't get as much acclaim as Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, which is also amazing. If you're interested at all in becoming a writer or becoming a better writer, I can ...more
Tom Mooney
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Really enjoyable read. The writing tips may be useful, if you're I writer. I wouldn't know. But the stories from his days on book tours are absolutely priceless. Palahniuk's events unsurprisingly attract all kinds of oddballs and his tales about these interactions are bloody hilarious. ...more
D.M. Cox
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got audiobook but wishing I had actual book so that it would be easier to take notes, of which I found plenty.
Darya Silman
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

'Consider This: Moments in My Writing After Which Everything Was Different' by Chuck Palahniuk is a practical guide to constructing novels/short stories according to Dangerous Writing. Dangerous Writing is a philosophy about how novels could be used as tools to engage readers into discussions, touch burning social topics, and do all that in a provocative, straightforward fashion. If you do not feel personally offended, reading about masturbation and defective sex dolls (and I forgot to mention g
Peter Derk
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazingly solid book of writing tips. I wish this existed ten (okay, who am I kidding, 15) years ago.

It's more than writing tips...I'd call it a distilled method. Chuck does away with the mysticism and whatnot behind writing, that stuff where it's like, "I'm an ARTISTE!" and talks about some concrete methods that'll improve just about anyone's storytelling.

A lot of these sorts of books shy away from giving direct, concrete advice, but Chuck tells people what to do, and then says, "Once you m
Chris Via
Review now available in Volume 25 Number 2 Summer 2020 (#98) of Rain Taxi Review of Books.
Herminia Chow
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About the book: It’s part memoir and part writing advice.

First impressions: I love reading about writing, so I was excited to delve into this. I like the title, and the cover is clever.

Content: Palahniuk offers good advice, both his own and from other writers as well. He covers topics like tension, authority, plus much more. I expected the book to focus mainly on the writing process, but I loved the insights into things like doing book tours.

“What if world events are unfolding in perfect order t
Ross Jeffery
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous insight into Chuck’s writing craft - so many useful tidbits of information, stories, examples, teaching - this has got to be up there with On Writing by Stephen King for all aspiring and current writers! Longer review coming to STORGY and I’ll update...
Armand Rosamilia
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. His stories are worthy enough to read this book, but when you combine it with his lessons and how he views writing and the world, it really makes you think. It definitely got the creative juices flowing for me!
Nicole Turner
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Chuck is a great teacher, this is the textbook you need to be a better writer.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“If you watch the reruns you might notice me hovering in the edge of some frame. If you look closer you can tell I’ve taken two 600 milligram Vicodins, and I’m high as kite to deal with the stress. I stumble and mumble, and when we visit Voodoo Doughnut and they present me with huge penis-shaped doughnut that spurts goopy custard all over my face, well, I’m unfazed.”

Is how Palahniuk describes one particular outing in the streets of Portland with the late chef Anthony Bourdain and a TV crew.

“No w
Christian Baines
A refreshingly clear, straightforward writer's resource that's as entertaining as it is useful. Palahniuk's insights into craft, process, promotion and more, shared with self-deprecating humility and consistent wit, make Consider This both a practical delight for anyone not yet convinced to do something else with their lives, and a must-read for any fans of the author. ...more
Heather Webb
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great craft book. I enjoyed the way the author embedded a craft tip within the context of a vignette, as well as the hilarious anecdotes about his incredible book tours over the years. I listened to it on audio and it was an easy listen. I'll likely buy a hardcover to return to his prompts and reading lists. ...more
Paul Michael Peters
This is an excellent collection of stories and guidance from an author I enjoy. There is a creepy darkness in his characters, and he opens up to readers on some of the methods that help in their creation. These, of course, through stories.

If you enjoy the author, I suspect you will like this work too. If you have trouble with his content and truth, you might try something like "Bird by Bird." I enjoy the dark and gritty.
John Shurina
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember a time when my writing halted because I realized I was trying, and failing, to sound like Palahniuk. That failure was important to my development because I realized that maybe I shouldn't be Palahniuk—that after all Palahniuk had covered all the bases of being Palahniuk. I believe that if you follow this book's rules perfectly, you might sound a lot like Palahniuk. There are certain tricks he teaches (e.g. unconventional conjunctions, template chapters, the infamous Chuck chorus) that ...more
Matt Nagin
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book really impressed me. I am not generally a fan of books that offer writing advice. The process in instinctive as far as I can tell. I've taken some workshops and learned from them, for sure, but always found trial and error the best teacher.

But I'm digressing a bit. This book mixes writing advice and tricks of the trade Chuck P. learned from various esteemed writers and from workshops. There are also some amusing anecdotes that perhaps, in a way, serve as models as well as just enterta
Chris DiLeo
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not a Chuck Palahniuk disciple, not the fan who devours his books and reads excerpts like Bible passages—I've read FIGHT CLUB and a smattering of his short stories—but this book on writing is a brilliant, indispensible resource for fiction writers at all stages.

The tone is avuncular and sincere, the advice insightful and immediately applicable. The early chapter "Textures" is alone worth the cost of the book.

Throughout the book, Palahniuk gives advice for creating more immediate, effective
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting my whole life for Chuck Palahniuk to write this book. As a writer myself, I have the utmost respect for his willingness to push the envelope and to do it in such a stylistically sharp and unique way. To learn about his process and observations about what makes a piece of fiction work have sparked my desire to dive into my own writing in the most honest and fervent manner that I can, which seems to be his intention with this book. His vignettes about touring and his writing gr ...more
Donna Everhart
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth-keeping
I loved the insight on writing dos and don'ts, but I think I loved his personal stories best. (And some of them were jaw dropping.)

I've read other books on writing and loved them all. The first one was THE FOREST FOR THE TREES by Betsy Lerner. Next came BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott. The last one was ON WRITING, by Stephen King. Much like Palahniuk's book, King shared personal stories too. (Mouthwash? Okay, that definitely explains why some of his stuff started getting a little too weird)

Angus McKeogh
A good read for both of the major things it provided: instruction and perspectives. Instructions in the writing process from a writer who is very much outside the norm of the classic form. And perspectives from his life as a writer. Like I said. A good read.
Ricardo Motti
Some fun bits, some interesting bits, some educational bits. Not fantastic, but useful.
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most interesting idea in Chuck Palahniuk's Consider This is actually from an anthropologist who argues that literature endures if it develops a following. This should have been obvious to me because many enduring texts are cultural epics and comic book success is based on group fandom. And of course there is the idea of a "tribe" in the Seth Godin sense of the word or a religious text/ group identity dynamic in the Emile Durkheim sense of groups organizing around values.

A following in this s
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