Author: Chuck Palahniuk
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 to deliver us to a distant joy we can’t conceive of at this time?”
Writing: The chapters are short, and the book itself isn’t very long. I wish it was longer. I appreciated the author giving advice without being preachy or condescending. He shares his mistakes and failures. There are funny, light-hearted moments but also more serious ones too.
Final thoughts: If you’re a writer and/or a fan of Palahniuk, I’d recommend Consider This. It’s a fun, fast read about writing.