The Unexpected Shape

The Blog of Esmé Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang
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Legacy-building & lessons from Carli Lloyd.

Legacy-building & lessons from Carli Lloyd.

Source: The New York Times She could have created a legacy for herself in the WWC in any number of ways. She told herself that she was going to leave a legacy, and when she saw her opportunity to quite literally take a shot, she did. Listen to me read the below here:   I’m […]

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Writer faints on plane, becomes medical mystery, contemplates creating with limitations.

Writer faints on plane, becomes medical mystery, contemplates creating with limitations.

It was possible, I thought, that I would die. I turned the idea over and over in my head—dying would not be so bad; I had lived a good life. Listen to me read the below here:   In the mornings, when it is too easy for me to feel anxious and distractible, I keep […]

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On finding your writing voice.

On finding your writing voice.

When I was asked more recently about how to find this elusive Voice, the One True Voice that every writer possesses, I tried to think about my own voice, and how it had developed over time. Listen to me read the below here:   I was asked recently about the question of finding one’s own […]

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How to Get Over a Broken Heart with Fried Chicken

How to Get Over a Broken Heart with Fried Chicken

art by Esmé: link to purchase It takes commitment to eat nothing but fried chicken for a week in a public space. It takes pluck to be so openly in public while nursing a broken heart. Listen to the below here:   In late 2014 I saved an article about a 26-year-old who stayed in a […]

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A big (& exciting!) announcement.

A big (& exciting!) announcement.

In beginning any piece of writing, and particularly with a lengthy novel, the road ahead is unpredictable. I am currently away from home, and therefore without the appropriate equipment for audio. The customary audio component will be uploaded upon my return.   I spent the summer of 2009 in the sticky heat of Taiwan with two goals in […]

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Shaping Her Own Mythos: An Interview with Anna North

Shaping Her Own Mythos: An Interview with Anna North

photo credit: Jenny Zhang I recently had the good fortune of interviewing my dear friend and brilliant author Anna North, whose second novel, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark (Blue Rider Press), will be released on May 19. In this conversation, we discuss the titular character of the novel, thoughts on celebrity and myth-making, the […]

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On productivity anxiety in difficult times.

On productivity anxiety in difficult times.

Laziness is a matter of morality, after all. Sloth is a deadly sin. Listen to me read the below:   Dedicated to Grace Quantock, whose mentorship has formed most of my ideas about wellness. I’m deathly afraid of being lazy. It’s an anxiety that’s been mostly held at bay over the years by its actionable […]

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Blogging is a genre, & don’t you forget it.

Blogging is a genre, & don’t you forget it.

Even the longest Journal entry is never going to occupy the same part of my brain that spends months on a 7000-word essay. Where I become flummoxed is when I confuse the worlds. Listen to me read the below here:   “Writers have to be able to delay gratification. To work without immediate pleasures… If the […]

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On two kinds of mastery: vertical and lateral.

On two kinds of mastery: vertical and lateral.

…It struck me recently that mastery alone holds no interest for me when that mastery is purely vertical. Listen to me read the piece below here:   You must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work… You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success. […]

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