The Journey Begins

Writing a novel is an act of faith. Even starting a blog can feel like stepping out to walk on water. Today, I write. Today, I publish my first Story Storming article in hopes of continuing month to month, year to year… in hopes of helping others who have begun a journey like mine. It’s as much an act of faith as it is of writing.


What can I say that others have not already said? What unique words do I have to offer? Writers everywhere ask similar questions loaded with self-doubt. Maybe that’s the point.

Whoever you are, you’re not alone out there.

I may not have all the answers, but in my years of reading, writing, and critiquing fiction, I’ve learned a few lessons I’d like to share. More than that, I have a passion for mentoring. Optimistically, I’m past the midpoint of my writer-to-author journey, but I took an inordinate amount of time getting here. My sincere hope is that I might spare other writers the same agony of wandering through their own wilderness.


So, whether you sit back, invisible, reading the blogs from afar… or delve in and interact—maybe even partaking of a free critique, when offered—I hope you’ll find some help here.


Lara… Storm

P.S. Stay tuned for a new blog the first of each month, complete with a related giveaway! Leave a comment below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. I’ll be giving one away for every fifty commenters (each new name counted once), so spread the word! The more the merrier! (Winners will be announced on Saturday April 21st.)

*The above is a modified version of Ricardo Faria’s photograph ( Creative Commons License:

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Lara Storm spends at least half her life within the musty vaults of her brain, constructing new worlds and engaging fictional friends. Since winning the Illinois Young Authors Contest in middle school, she took a detour through graduate school and spent three years as an instructor of geology at the college level before completing her first novel in 2013. From caving, to hiking, to whitewater kayaking, Lara has been involved in a number of exciting outdoor activities, some of which crop up in her writing. She has written songs, created recipes for brewing beer, and enjoys dabbling in photo manipulation. When she’s not writing (or chasing an energetic toddler around the house)—she enjoys critiquing and mentoring other writers. Connect with her here:

24 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”

  1. I’m with Beth excited to see where you take us. I know there will be humor and lots of help for us. Good job with this.


  2. Lara – I clicked on the link immediately! Your writing is always so beautiful….it takes so little effort to connect with your words. I miss reading them regularly so I will be happy to sign up! xxoo


  3. Congratulations on beginning your blog, Lara. I especially liked how your servant’s heart is shown here in your willingness to help others. I’m so proud of you! Can’t wait to read more from you in the future. 🙂


  4. Lara, you are very talented. As someone who has greatly benefited from your amazing, in-depth, detailed critiques complete with many references and articles to help guide the writing process; I can attest to your amazing abilities and your willingness to invest your time and resources into helping other writers. Congratulations on the start of your blog. I know you’ll have great success. I look forward to a new one each month.


  5. I guess I might’ve been a little ambitious about the 50 commenters :-D. I still intend to give away at least one gift card, so thank you all for taking the time to stop by and show your support!


  6. And the winner of the draw is…Dave Parks! (I’ll be sending you an email.)
    Thank you all for stopping by!

    Drop by the first of next month for a humorous glimpse at the writer’s life and for a look at the many various learning tools in a writer’s arsenal. Until then, read voraciously, indulge your creativity, and tackle your edits head on! 😉


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