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Tara Allred Author-Con Interview
The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred

The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred

TWJ - The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred Here we are, weaving words and spinning tales so readers the world over can join us for the ride. Because writing isn't just about outlines, edits, and deadlines. It's a craft. A craft that is its own special art form. On this episode of Writer's Journey, we've beamed in Tara Allred to chat about the Craft as an Art. She’s going to break down the five elements of story, help us think through our story’s central conflict, and explain how we can get the most out of our setting. If you’ve got questions, be sure to join us LIVE. Tune in and let's get our craft on! Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams Special Guest: Tara Allred 00:00 Opening remarks and introductions -Discord server is up! -Keystroke Coffee is live! -Use Plottr! 01:00 Weekly Updates Lauren: Lots of editing on Galaxy’s Edge. Kalene: Editing and spending time with her daughter. Tara: lots and lots of edits. 03:00 Main Event – The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred -The five elements of storytelling. -The element that gets left behind often is Theme. -‘First draft is for the writer, all drafts after are for the reader.’ -Find out your theme and then give yourself permission to fix and change. -Some activities to uncover your theme and story. -Interviewing your character. 29:00 Sponsor Tara C. Allred’s BEYOND THE END: BOOK ONE OF THE EXISTENCE SERIES 30:00 Main Event – The Craft of Writing | Tara C. Allred, Continued! -Encapsulating the five elements in your blurb. -Using metaphors to heighten the story. -Wrapping your story in setting details. -Giving you characters their own voices. -Raising stakes and tension. -Using opposites to drive tension and story. 57:00 Closing remarks Try out Rob McClellan’s Mod Farm for your website building needs. Use the link for a KSM discount! Coffee and Concepts Keystroke Medium Live! Storytelling Become a Medium today! Don't forget to Like and Subscribe and get involved with the mayhem and shenanigans in the live chat! If you have any thoughts or ideas for show topics or if you have authors you'd like to see on the show, let us know. Visit our Facebook page: For all the latest and greatest KSM Gear, check out our store at: Also, subscribe to Sci Fi Explorations for the best discounted and free books we come across through our contacts: Keystroke Medium Anthologies Kingdoms of Iron and Stone - Horizons Beyond - Farthest Reach – The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a review and rate the show on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever else you found us! #ksm #keystrokemedium #thewritersjourney #coffee #writing #editing #author #books #plotting #pantsing #plantsing #militarysciencefiction #milSF #militarySci-Fi #IndieAuthor #SFF #audiobooks #authorwebsites #goals #writinggoals #publishing #branding #medium #2022 #slack #discord #plottr #keystrowrimo #ksmflashfiction #taracallred #elementsofstory



  • Recipient of a California Governor's Scholar of the Arts for Creative Writing – 1992

  • Winner of The Blot Writing Contest – April 2012 TM Publishing House Writing Contest

  • Winner of the Howey Award – Best Adult Author – Oct 2014 (Reader’s choice award through the Indie Recon Live Writing Conference)

  • Winner of the Howey Award – Best Adult Novel – Oct 2014 for UNAUTHORED LETTERS – (Reader’s choice award through the Indie Recon Live Writing Conference)

  • Finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Award – Sept 2015 for THE OTHER SIDE OF QUIET – Kindle Book Reviews 

  • Winner of the 2015 Whitney Award - General Fiction for THE OTHER SIDE OF QUIET

  • Runner-up of the 2016 Shelf Media Awards for THE OTHER SIDE OF QUIET

  • Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Kindle Book Award – Sept 2021 for REMEMBER – Kindle Book Reviews 

  • Short List Finalist for Best Series in the International Page Turner Awards – Oct 2023 for THE EXISTENCE SERIES

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