Amongst the distinguished guests was acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk. Palahniuk helped define a generation with his novel Fight Club, which then became a seminal film from director David Fincher in starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. He has authored countless other novels, short stories, and other works of both fiction and non-fiction literature, notably Choke, Survivor, Lullaby, Haunted, Fight Club 2, and Invisible Monsters.
This column is part of a collection of 36 total essays on the craft of writing by Chuck Palahniuk. They were submitted starting inso this essay will refer to thinks in the past and therefore be on an older timeline.
Twenty years ago, a friend and I walked around downtown Portland at Christmas. The big department stores: Meier and Frank… Fredrick and Nelson… Nordstroms… their big display windows each held a simple, pretty scene: But the windows at the J. Each of the hundreds of different objects was priced with a faded circle of red cardboard.
For this essay, my goal is to put more in. To put together a kind-of Christmas stocking of ideas, with the hope that something will be useful.
Instead of an egg timer, you can put a load of clothes in the washer or dryer and use them to time your work.
Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur.
Change the bed sheets. For Christ sakes, dust the computer. A better idea will come. Your audience is smarter than you imagine.
Movies have made us very sophisticated about storytelling. And your audience is much harder to shock than you can ever imagine. Before you sit down to write a scene, mull it over in your mind and know the purpose of that scene. What earlier set-ups will this scene pay off?
What will it set up for later scenes? How will this scene further your plot? As you work, drive, exercise, hold only this question in your mind.
Take a few notes as you have ideas. If you can bring the story — or let it bring you — to a place that amazes you, then you can surprise your reader.
The moment you can see any well-planned surprise, chances are, so will your sophisticated reader. But re-reading the first scene, I found the throw-away comment about mixing nitro with paraffin and how it was an iffy method for making plastic explosives.
Even if someday you sell your work, no amount of money will compensate you for your time spent alone. Write the book you want to read.
Let yourself be with Not Knowing. This bit of advice comes through a hundred famous people, through Tom Spanbauer to me and now, you. The longer you can allow a story to take shape, the better that final shape will be.Apr 26, · Haunted By Chuck Palahniuk Haunted By Chuck Palahniuk she meets a man hawking investment programs.
He gives her advice on how to be a successful pitch person and she falls in love with him. The story is not exciting, but passable. I can state from having worked in the newsroom that not every person, .
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From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. At the end of writing Fight Club, I had no idea what to do with the office building. But re-reading the first scene, I found the throw-away comment about mixing nitro with paraffin and how it was an iffy method for making plastic explosives.
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