Palahniuk mines our free-floating anxiety, horror of the ever-accelerating Real, and returns with literary artifacts ... this volume stands apart from similar writing-life books via Palahniuk’s integral fidelity: no hand-holding allowed. Psychology tells us that shock—among other emotions—imprints on memory, for good or ill. But Palahniuk, maintaining forensic-strength attention, is no mere outrage-monger ... Palahniuk readers--and writers at any career level--likely will devour this vivid and instructive behind-the-scenes tour.
...[Palahniuk] has packaged the most important lessons he learned over the years and has communicated them in a way that others can digest easily ... He shares wisdom on the writing process, and advice on how to add texture, hold authority, build tension – the list goes on ... The book's purpose, he says, is to serve those who would like to learn but don't have the access or the means to afford that kind of education.
For that author who wants to expand his or her horizons and try something new, Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk is the book to pick up ... His presentation is very casual, and at times laugh-out-loud funny as he relates episodes in his life that have taught him how to write, or what not to do with his writing! ... Chuck Palahniuk writes short . . . that is to say, his message is concise, given to us in few, well-chosen words that get the point across without a lot of fuss. And yet his message is detailed ... For the author who is looking for a new way to express herself, Consider This is a good place to start that journey. You may not agree with everything he says, but listen carefully. There is a world of information in this small book.