Weekly Writer Wisdom: September 19, 2017

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This Week’s Questions: Pick one story that either “light a fire” inside you or left you emotional at the end. (Or, if you’re so inclined, pick one that accomplished both, or two stories that did either.) What about this story provoked this reaction from you? Do you think this story has since influenced your writing in some way? If so, how?

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Writer Wisdom: September 19, 2017

  1. There are quite a few stories that accomplished that.
    First one that comes to mind is “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang (you might have heard about the movie based on it, “Arrival”). Very touching, and also very thoughtful. I also loved the linguistic aspect of it (go figure 😉 ).
    I also loved “A Miracle of Rare Design” by Mike Resnick – another thoughtful story about fitting (or rather not fitting) in within societies. When I was a teenager searching for my place, this book resonated with me a lot.
    There’s Dan Simmon’s “Hyperion” too. I’ve read it first in my teens and still consider it a masterpiece on so many levels. This novel (and the following ones) have moved me more than once.

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    • I actually have that short story collection of Chiang’s that features “Story of Your Life.” I bought it last year after seeing the movie Arrival (which I really enjoyed) and then seeing the book at a local department store. I had no idea before then that Arrival was based on a previously written work. I’m hoping to read it (it being the whole collection) sometime next year.

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      • It’s not an easy read (Chiang tackles interesting topics and doesn’t shy away from science), but it’s definitely worth it.
        (Probably books like his make me so cringe-y about YA. 😉 )

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