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Writers' Reel: Charles Yu's Take on Breaking Through

In this interview, Matt Staggs tracks down author Charles Yu (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Sorry Please Thank You) at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con to chat about the alchemical nature of a writer's process, Yu's experience as a first-generation Taiwanese-American, and his use of the "outsider" protagonist – one who sees the big-picture hierarchy and struggles to break in. Plus, hear about his not-so-secret life as a Bob's Burgers fan-boy and how playing Street Fighter 2 influenced his narrative structures. Yes – Street Fighter 2, the video game.
 
"So often I've found that the storytelling problems I've found to be the hardest are the ones I've taught myself the most by trying to get through." 
 
 
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