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Publisher's Summary

Renowned, best-selling 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, best-selling 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. Consider it a classic in the making.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"A book for those who want to learn to write dangerously, or perhaps just learn about the man who pioneered 'dangerous writing.' [It'll] inspire you try take a stab at telling your story." (Booktrib)

"This book from Palahniuk is insightful." (Dallas Morning News)

"Tried-and-true practical advice for aspiring writers." (USA Today)   

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Poetic Justice

It is almost surreal to listen to this book these days. Palahniuk has educated me as a reader and writer for years and now the totem manifestation of his world is here in audiobook and paper and ebook. Consider This is kind of like the fringe dimension of Stephen King's "On Writing," There were a couple of times when I was caught off guard, but it is chock-full of practical and useful writing advice. One wonderful thing about the anecdotes is they are based on true accounts, and they are there for a reason, not merely included for shock value, Chuck Palahniuk, the Portland Gentleman/Grandfathered in Anarchist. I will probably need to buy a physical copy so I can analyze lessons from Chuck and Tom and his friends, but it was an engaging listen and terrifically delivered.

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worth $40k!!

I wish I had read this before going to college, it would have saved me $40,000+. I learned more from this book than from almost all of my college courses, combined.

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Listen to this book a handful of times.

Never boring, Palahniuk knows how to keep the reader’s attention whether he’s writing fiction or writing about his creative process. This is a book that I will probably listen to 3 to 4 times. One concept that stood out to me was Palahniuk’s encouragement to write stand-alone scenes or chapters that you workshop and read aloud and share with friends. This book is full of passion for writing with surprisingly very little cynicism. I think this book will age well. Palahniuk’s authenticity shines through even when it’s exaggerated to add entertainment value.

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Consider This... that I know nothing, it seems

Dear god, the things I didn't know, and I'm an English teacher. I now own this book in several mediums.

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My new favorite book on writing

It’s so good just listen to it. It’s the most real I have seen an author get. It’s encouraging and filled with knowledge.

Enjoy!

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2nd Best

Stephen King's On Writing is better than this book...but it's the only one.

This book is entertaining. How could it be otherwise? Chuck Palahniuk is a great storyteller. The writing tips are useful and clear, and will help your writing, especially if you want to sound like Chuck Palahniuk.

Pay attention to what he's saying. Pay attention to what he's not quite saying. Enjoy this intimate time with a talented human. And good luck.

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Love From a Novice

I know nothing about writing but suddenly, ZING! I want to know more! I found this enjoyable, helpful and entertaining.

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The Last Writing Book to Read

It doesn’t cover the fundamentals, ie inciting incident, protagonists defined, three act structure, etc. It’s very advanced, but it’s a great read and most certainly rewards being familiar with Chuck’s bibliography. It’s a must for any Palahniuk reader.

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Great writing advice

This book is perfect for people who want writing advice, but hate the type of advice that is typically given.

Palahniuk is relatable and practices the writing advice he preaches, even in the text itself.

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Incredibly helpful

This has been the most entertaining and practical book I have read for writers. I strongly recommend this to others hoping to learn more about the craft.

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