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.
In Consider This, he pays generous homage to authors, coaches and editors who kept him on his unorthodox path when conventional publishing houses wouldn't touch him ... And something you won't get anywhere else: the author's personal must-read lists of both fiction and nonfiction titles, writings and teachings that have molded authors through the decades. Whether you're inspired to improve your own writing or simply like to revel in the art behind your favorite authors' work, this tamed-down, reined-in Palahniuk is insightful.