Author: E.M. Irish

The Writer’s Manifesto

THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO WRITE. This is my world; my story. It comes from my head and my heart. I have no thematic obligations; I have no stylistic obligations. My stories are my own; a piece of me. I will embrace the strength and the weakness. My process is exclusive to me, and it is as beautiful as it is weird. My style is individualistic—some will love it, some will hate it. My characters will never be pristine, but I will make them memorable. My story will never appeal to everyone, but I will make it appealing....

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Lessons from A CITY STAINED RED (Review)

Thanks to Goodreads and the power of positive peer pressure, I’m working on the goal of reading 20 books this year. Along with this goal, I want to get in the habit of reviewing those books on my blog. I’m of the firm opinion that every book you read can help you grow as a writer (and hopefully as a person). So as I review*, I want to also pull out any nuggets of wisdom (or humor) that I learn from these books, as a writer and/or human being. I’ll also try to avoid spoilers as much as possible, and give warning if...

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Works in Progress: An Update

I’ve held off on writing any sort of update on story progress for one simple reason (besides the obvious one of procrastination): Every time I think to write an update… my update changes. Back in January, I was psyched to write about how I’d been crushing my goals at about 2k every morning. I wanted to write about how I thought I finally “got” first drafting… I had some thoughts on that that I figured would be pretty useful for other writers going through the same part of the process. Then in late January, I hit a wall. Hard, guys. Like, we’re...

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My New Year’s Resolution (aka, the Stephen King Marathon)

Not what it sounds like (never been one for the horror genre). Stephen King, in his memoir On Writing, recommends pushing through the first draft of your novel in 3 months or less. While I like NaNoWriMo and what it stands for, it doesn’t fit my lifestyle or drafting-style. Three months is just enough time to be a challenge for me, without overwhelming me and forcing me to write unusable crap. So for my one (and probably only) New Year’s Resolution, I’m embarking on my own little hero’s journey–to overcome the twin antagonists of Perfectionism and Anxiety and their...

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About E.M. Irish

Welcome to the blog of writer E.M. Irish, where art meets life and fantasy informs reality. Read thoughts on literature, art, and fantasy, and how they shape the world we live in.

When not blogging or noveling, you'll find Irish playing Dungeons & Dragons, drinking chai lattes, and reading whatever she can get her hands on.

What I'm Writing

The Phoenix Gambit
Phase:First Draft
Due:1 month
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