Emily X.R. Pan

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What you are aiming for is willing suspension of disbelief, and the first person who must suspend belief is yourself. Some beginning novelists have more disbelief to suspend than others, but even if your burden of disbelief is heavy, the only way to suspend it is to keep adding sentences to the ones you have already written. Sheer length persuades, at least to some degree, because it builds an object in the mind.

Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel (via octoswan)

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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

Aha. I was wondering why I gained so many Tumblr followers today.

Matthew Salesses has a new article up on NPR’s Code Switch blog and it’s definitely worth a read: When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

I talked to him a bit about my past workshops. I’ve been trying to open up more about my experiences in the literary community as a woman writer of color. I find it kind of hard to pry the lid off that topic, and I hate it.

So anyway, hello to my new Tumblr friends! Thanks for following. If you’re interested in hearing about my writing, my thoughts on diverse books, and occasionally notes on my yoga practice, I blog pretty regularly at exrpan.com. (I do also link to the posts here.)

On learning patience.

On learning patience.

This morning as I did my yoga practice (first time in the new apartment!) I found myself thinking back to the early days, when I’d first started doing Ashtanga.

I remember Michael teaching me the fundamentals, initially letting me try the same balancing pose two or three times in one evening. Balancing has always been one of my greatest weaknesses because of the million problems with my feet…

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Finding time to write; finding ways to refuel.

This is my first post written in our new apartment! I love it here. The space is so much bigger and even though we’re not done unpacking it’s starting to feel like a real home. Such a relief to know that we won’t have to move again for a very long time. It helps that we already love our new neighborhood.

So the last week has been insane but of course I’ve still been working away at this novel in…

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