Aimee Liu

Novelist, Essayist, Teacher

blogpage
Aimee's Blog

 

Articles

About Me-- Aimee Liu

About Me-- Aimee Liu
Jan 26, 2021 by Aimee Liu

I recently discovered the Medium publication, About Me. Its whole m.o. is introducing writers, and it occurred to me that this might be a good addition to my blog, so here goes!

For Writers Especially: How to Manage Research Rapture

For Writers Especially: How to Manage Research Rapture
Jul 05, 2021 by Aimee Liu

I once heard the late novelist Oakley Hall describe “research rapture” as an occupational hazard of fiction writing — one that too often consumes both writers and their work. I knew precisely what he meant. It’s easy for me to get so enthralled in the hunt for details about, say, midget submarines in WWII, that I fail to notice how much of the information I’m collecting serves absolutely no purpose in my novel.

Research rapture can cost you time and send you off on complicated tangents that will muck up your story and leave you stranded in a swamp of fascinating but irrelevant details. How to negotiate that edge between enough background information… and infinity? Here are 6 tips that have helped me maintain a productive balance while writing my historical novels.

Read the original article on Medium @HumanParts HERE.

"Like Singing a Song" About the Most Magical Father I Never Met

"Like Singing a Song" About the Most Magical Father I Never Met
Jun 19, 2021 by Aimee Liu
In my experience, fathers tend to fall into two general camps. There are the dads so preoccupied with their own interests and careers and financially supporting their families that they rarely interact with their kids. Then there are the dads who strive for an active role in their children’s lives: They change their diapers and teach them sports, counsel them as they grow up, and worry about their futures. But then again, imagine a father who would write an operetta for his children, with parts for each to sing to fend off homesickness when they’re far from home.

Read the original article on Medium @HumanParts HERE.
 

Family Photos Can Change You

Family Photos Can Change You
May 28, 2021 by Aimee Liu

Lucky for me, my father was a packrat. Dad spoke little about his childhood in China during the Warlord Era, but he kept suitcases full of artifacts, most of which only surfaced after his death in 2007. Among these mementos, I discovered photographs that swept me back in time and introduced me to relatives who belonged to a lost world.

At a glance, these fading images seem like curiosities in a museum, so antiquated that they couldn’t possibly connect to life on Earth today. But to me, their faces have the haunting power of ghosts. They beckon me closer, hold me longer, and keep drawing me back. “We are your people,” they seem to say. “We are your kin, your tribe. We belong to you and you to us.”

Read the original article with all photographs @Medium Human Parts HERE
 

 

Writing Through Emergency: Essential lessons for creative writers from Amanda Gorman and Eugene Goodman

Writing Through Emergency: Essential lessons for creative writers from Amanda Gorman and Eugene Goodman
Feb 19, 2021 by Aimee Liu


Several weeks ago, as I began composing an MFA commencement address to deliver at my college this month, I found myself returning over and over to two particular words: emergence and emergency.The connection was hardly a mystery. The writers who were about to graduate would be emerging into a moment of historical emergency. Global pandemic. Economic crisis. Racial conflict boiling over. A serious threat of civil war shadowing America. In short, the kind of uncertainty and real-life drama that no one would wish on their least-loved characters.
What surprised me was that I’d never thought of those two words in the same breath before...

The Primal Power of Stories That Evoke Yearning and Dread

The Primal Power of Stories That Evoke Yearning and Dread
Feb 01, 2021 by Aimee Liu
Primal emotion is the aim of all great writing. By primal I mean the deepest, oldest, and most fundamental wellsprings of human need. And since yearning and dread are the most fundamental of all emotions, they’re essential for serious writers to command.

Your 2020 Year-end Lockdown List for Book Groups!

Your 2020 Year-end Lockdown List for Book Groups!
Dec 23, 2020 by Aimee Liu

I belong to a fabulous and diverse group of 2020 authors. We call ourselves Lockdown Literature, or Lockies for short, and we’ve launched a “share the wealth” campaign to introduce you to some of the many authors who would love to visit your group, either virtually or (when permissible) in person, in 2021.


 

How Creative Generosity Can Prevent Loneliness

How Creative Generosity Can Prevent Loneliness
Dec 11, 2020 by Aimee Liu
This year is taking a dangerous toll on our social lives. Rates of loneliness and depression have spiked since the start of the pandemic, and teens, young adults and the elderly are especially vulnerable. This shouldn’t surprise us, since human beings are social animals; we’re wired to be in physical proximity with each other and to need social contact. But many people with chronic and serious illnesses have been grappling with the social challenges of quarantine for a lot longer than six months. It makes sense, then, to look to these lockdown masters for social survival lessons.

Pathos and Bathos in “The Crown”

Pathos and Bathos in “The Crown”
Dec 02, 2020 by Aimee Liu
Discovering the royal keys to addictive drama
pathos
1 : an element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion
2 : an emotion of sympathetic pity
bathos
1 : an abrupt, presumably unintended juxtaposition of the exalted and the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect
2 : insincere or overdone pathos : sentimentalism