– Chuck Palahniuk
If you’ve read any of Chuck Palahniuk’s books (or seen a movie based on one… Fight Club, anyone?) you’ve probably wondered what inspired him to develop such a provocative writing style and subject matter. Through this quote, I’m starting to understand his intentions: Chuck’s writing may be many things, but boring is certainly not one of them.
The most interesting thing about Chuck Palahniuk and the book that essentially launched his career, Fight Club, is how Fight Club (his third novel) came into existence. When Palahniuk attempted to publish his second novel, Invisible Monsters, publishers rejected it, calling the content “disturbing.” Instead of giving up, Chuck started writing his next novel, this time setting out to disturb the publishers even further (for having rejected him). The result? Fight Club. And the rest is history, Palahniuk continued to be unboring, his books continued to get published, movies were adapted, and now he is a household name.
The lesson here? If you strive to be your authentic, non-boring self, good things will come. Regardless of how many rejection letters pile up, never give up on your writing. Instead, let them fuel you, like they did for Chuck. At the very least, you’ll stay on God’s good side.
For those of you who only associate Chuck with Fight Club, I highly recommend you expand the “P” section of your library and pick up Choke. Once you’re done, watch the movie. It showcases Anjelica Huston and Sam Rockwell (playing mother and son) at their quirkiest/finest.