Writing Craft Books that Take the Cake

  I’ve been on this writing journey since 2016. When I began, I jumped on and hungrily devoured several “classic” books written for writers by writers. Some were riveting and inspirational – worth the hype. Some left me wondering how and why these people even continued a literary life. They made it sound so painful… Continue reading Writing Craft Books that Take the Cake

Success in 2019!

Happy Almost New Year’s Eve Everyone! Children's author Julie Hedlund (http://www.juliehedlund.com/12days) challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity - what DIDN'T get done or… Continue reading Success in 2019!

STORYSTORM 2020 Registration is Open!

Writers, join in the fun and inspiration of generating 30 new story ideas in January 2020. Visit @taralazar.com, register, and write to make friends and win prizes. I’ve done it, I loved it, and I won a great prize (critique). Good luck!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Every year when STORYSTORM rolls around, I struggle to find a theme for the registration post…so I go looking for good GIFs.

OK, I think Modern Family wins this year. It’s my family’s favorite show, so why not?

Every year I think there is no way I can pull this off again.

And every year, it somehow comes together as if by magic!

It’s quite astounding, really.

I’m not a super-organized kind of person. In writing terms, I’m quite the pantser, although over the years I’ve become a deliberately procrastinating pantser. What does that even mean? I let my ideas marinate, simmer—maybe even fester—until I feel ready to write, until I have a pretty good idea of how it should all go down.

And then it works out, kind of like this:

So that’s what my process feels like, and I’ve come to trust it, bonks on the head and…

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