13 Writing Tips | Chuck Palahniuk ROCKS

chuck-palahniuk1I was able to find my favorite author of all time on Twitter. One of his recent tweets was this: 13 Writing Tips | The Cult

They are all good advice. One that struck me regarding a situation I’m in now is number 12:

“Write about the issues that really upset you. Those are the only things worth writing about. In his course, called “Dangerous Writing,” Tom Spanbauer stresses that life is too precious to spend it writing tame, conventional stories to which you have no personal attachment. There are so many things that Tom talked about but that I only half remember: the art of “manumission,” which I can’t spell, but I understood to mean the care you use in moving a reader through the moments of a story. And “sous conversation,” which I took to mean the hidden, buried message within the obvious story. Because I’m not comfortable describing topics I only half-understand, Tom’s agreed to write a book about his workshop and the ideas he teaches. The working title is “A Hole In The Heart,” and he plans to have a draft ready by June 2006, with a publishing date set in early 2007.”

Helltothemotherfucking Yeah. Chuck Palahniuk Kicks ass.

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Self-inflicted Interesting Introspection

I’ve been in a dialogue the last couple days with one of my closest and oldest friends. The details I’ll leave out of the blog, but I wanted to repeat here what I told him about what I believe. Since I’m working on how or what I would like to say to my parents when they visit this weekend, I thought it might be good to examine possible thoughts in writing.

This, in a nutshell, is what I “believe”:

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Covered in Shit … Gross.


So I’m covered in shit right now. LITERALLY!

Not really. Isn’t it awful when people use “literally” incorrectly? There’s a bit from David Cross about it. It’s around 7:25 of this YouTube clip. It makes me giggle with glee.

But I am covered up, and I have a big weekend approaching. Tomorrow I’m giving a presentation on using YouTube that will be broadcast via video conference to several cities across the country. Don’t get excited. It’s going to broadcast as an internal briefing for one company and its employees. Then I’m jumping in the car with Tina and driving 3 hours to see my parents and grandparents for one night in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Then Friday morning we’re driving back to Chicago, and we’re picking up the keys to … bum bum bah … my NEW STUDIO SPACE!!! I’m so excited I could spit. LITERALLY! I’m going to rent a space in my accountant’s basement to use for portraiture and other photography.

I miss the Twitterati more than they know. LITERALLY. The Twitterati is the name my photographer friend Pete gave our gang of godless promoters who share ideas on Twitter. I wanted to point them at this response I got to the #creozerg post I did (click here to view). A person named Jack Porch wrote the following:

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