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Things I’ve Learned From Books I’ve Read Part 2: Fight Club (Time Travel)

Disclaimer: all books discussed in this weekly column are absolutely wonderful and deserve to be read tens of thousands of times and studied by any and all individuals looking to be a writer.  This, however, doesn’t mean that I own these books or have any right to them at all, besides my owning a copy.  I don’t think I’m in the wrong, reproducing small parts of the books here, as it is for educational purposes.  However, if I’m wrong, or if you have any questions, comments, book suggestions for the column or book/idea recommendations, comment on at the bottom or e-mail me.

In Fight Club, written by Chuck Palahniuk, we follow a no-named protagonist and Tyler Durden as they create Fight Club and later, Project Mayhem, together.

Chapter six of Fight Club was originally written as a short story: an experiment to see if it was possible to cut from scene to scene, to tell a long story out of order and from multiple angles, and still have it make sense to the reader.  Turns out, it was possible.  And it worked brilliantly.

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Things I’ve Learned From Books I’ve Read Part 1: Fight Club (Repetition)

Disclaimer: all books discussed in this weekly column are absolutely wonderful and deserve to be read tens of thousands of times and studied by any and all individuals looking to be a writer.  This, however, doesn’t mean that I own these books or have any right to them at all, besides my owning a copy.  I don’t think I’m in the wrong, reproducing small parts of the books here, as it is for educational purposes.  However, if I’m wrong, or if you have any questions, comments, book suggestions for the column or book/idea recommendations, comment on at the bottom or e-mail me.

In Fight Club, written by Chuck Palahniuk, we follow a no-named protagonist and Tyler Durden as they create Fight Club and later, Project Mayhem, together.

Using repetition in stories can be good for the work in a couple of ways.  It can 1) repeat a certain idea, or sentence, which you can find below, or 2) use a phrase and make it mean more than it would if only used once.  There’s plenty of other ways to use repetition, but these are the easiest to cover, and that’s probably because they’re most effective, so these are the two I’m going to talk about.

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Story now on iTunes

A story of mine called ‘Speak Easy’ can be heard through this iTunes podcast or alternatively can be heard on this blog.

I could just repeat what the blog says or quote it here.  I’ll quote it here.

What is Telling of Tales?

Telling of Tales was originally conceived as two things: Experience for myself as a vocal perfomer and – more importantly – a new way for unfairly unknown writers to connect with an audience. People don’t read as many books as before, but audiobooks and podcasts are still fairly popular as they combine information and art with the convenience of consumption on the move.

It’s really as simple as that. Writers can send in their short stories and have them read aloud to the audience of the podcast. In time, I hope we will be up to five readers so that we could read a story every day, meaning that I could feature more writers than if I keep going on my own.

Tuesday

Updatesssssss:
Added an About the Author corner, in which I added my Twitter and email.

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Don't let the scary picture, well. Scare you.

Here, I write stuff.

Look for free-to-read Fiction under the tab above, and Writing Tips in the blogroll as I put them up.

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