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The Blog of Esmé Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang
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A must-have tool for freelancers: The Freelancer Planner

A must-have tool for freelancers: The Freelancer Planner

The Kickstarter is over (and was successfully completed), but it’s possible to snag one of these cool-as-heck planners for yourself over here, which I highly recommend if you’re a freelancer who’d like to be more organized, keep track of income and career-related goals, and prevent overwhelm when it comes to regular and one-time tasks. What […]

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How much money can a writer make: an inside look (Charlotte Shane)

How much money can a writer make: an inside look (Charlotte Shane)

This guest post is by the author of one of my favorite books of 2016, Prostitute Laundry; Charlotte Shane is also a woman who, like myself, runs a small business and freelances for a living. Originally published on her own tumblr, I felt this piece, which is phenomenally open about finances, was something that my readers might enjoy […]

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What makes you, you: an interview with Larissa Pham

What makes you, you: an interview with Larissa Pham

I normally don’t record interviews, due to the different voices involved, but I decided to give it a go here. Listen to me read the below here: I met Larissa Pham through Twitter, as one does, and have been fortunate to get to know her in a few ways—she interviewed me about The Border of […]

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Creating a healthy writing practice when your health doesn’t want to cooperate.

Creating a healthy writing practice when your health doesn’t want to cooperate.

Listen to me read the below here:   Anytime I express the old singsong of productivity anxiety, I’m usually reminded by friends and family that I’m the same person who had the gumption, drive, and persistence to have written and published The Border of Paradise–to which my immediate response is to say (or at least […]

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On treating your body like garbage & writing like you’re running out of time.

On treating your body like garbage & writing like you’re running out of time.

Listen to me read the below here:   This morning I drew the card Temperance from my Tarot deck. Last night I tweeted from my bed–not my work bed, which is in my office, but from the bed I share with C in the master bedroom–for much of the afternoon; I was hopelessly nauseated, with […]

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On having a debut novel wing its way into the world.

On having a debut novel wing its way into the world.

Listen to me read the below here:   Despite the publication date of The Border of Paradise (Unnamed Press) being a week away, my book is and has been winging its way to people via Amazon and indie booksellers over the last few days; I signed copies of Border at the 12,000-person AWP conference for writers and […]

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On different kinds of crazy.

On different kinds of crazy.

Listen to me read the below here:   C and I were on the phone when an email popped into my inbox. My debut novel, The Border of Paradise, is coming out in two-and-a-half months, and the communication between myself, my editor, and the PR manager is frequent these days; while skimming this particular missive, […]

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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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A Series of Tender Points: An Interview with Amy Berkowitz

A Series of Tender Points: An Interview with Amy Berkowitz

I feel particularly passionate about this interview, which I conducted with poet Amy Berkowitz about her forthcoming book, Tender Points (pub. date June 20, 2015). Amy and I met one another in graduate school, where I spent many an afternoon in her kitchen—Amy is an extraordinary cook—while sharing stories about our lives. As described by […]

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