Okay, before I get into the review, I’d like to first state something. Ever since I’ve decided to be more forthcoming on the blog and on social media, I’ve been confronted with the problem of trying to encapsulate everything I like to do in a way that makes it easier to share with you all.… Continue reading My Review of Gilded Wolves
It feels kind of weird posting art here on my writing page, admitting it was me that did it. But it feels so good. So I did this. I drew the characters of my story, and it was so much fun, finally bringing my imagination to life. I’m always drawing for other people, and I… Continue reading THEY'RE HERE! Illustrations for the Main Characters of CONQUEST!!!!
I wish I could tell you I’ve been magnificent progress on all facets of my life, but that would be a lie. My entire life is Dragon Bones right now. I only know how to answer questions in terms of Jashi or Kahmel. I need help. I’m working overtime to make sure the next Dragon… Continue reading Halp. (Also, Plans for Dragon Bones Character Drawings!)
The day is finally here!!!! I started writing this story April of 2018. I never would have guessed it would have come all this way by February 2020. I can’t wait for you guys to see what I’ve been working on this whole time, carefully editing, crafting, and preparing everything to fall in line together.… Continue reading DRAGON BONES: CONQUEST COVER REVEAL
I finally got the chance to read WE HUNT THE FLAME and here’s my review on it! I’m new to this whole reviewing thing so bear with me! The system I’ve decided on for reviewing is as follows: ♥️ Did not enjoy ♥️♥️ Had some winning points, but over all, didn’t like it. ♥️♥️♥️ Someone… Continue reading WE HUNT THE FLAME review!
Hey guys! So as I persevere to talk more about myself, haha. I thought I’d share the languages I’m learning right now and how I’m learning them! If you’re just here for great language learning methods, I’ll list that first! I’m learning Korean and Chinese right now, so here are my sources and my language… Continue reading Languages I'm Excited About Learning Right Now!
Hey guys. Most likely, you all know me as Celeste Harte, the writer and author of DRAGON BONES: CONQUEST. However, a few of you may also (or exclusively) know me as Rebecca Brown, an artist and illustrator of book covers, character drawings, and all things artsy. However, if I really chose to open up for… Continue reading Why I Also Go by Rebecca Brown, and Why I Never Told You
Hey, you guys, we’re getting closer! Things have been happening!! For one, Dragon Bones: Wedded has had a name change. The new title is now Dragon Bones: CONQUEST. Got a nice ring to it, right? Secondly, I have seen some things in my inbox and it is colorful and beautiful and something I can’t WAIT… Continue reading DRAGON BONES NEWS
Welcome back to CC Gossip Corner! Miss me? Lol I was sick last week so it was reaaaally hard to even look at my phone, much less write a blog post, but I’m all better now and back with some of the funniest shit from two weeks ago 🤣. That week was wild, so let’s… Continue reading CC Gossip Corner #4: Best Dare Costumes, Tiger Heists, and More
I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for NaNoWriMo this year! Do I have enough projects to work on as it is? Of course I do. Is that stopping me? NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST. I’ve decided to work on this epic-fantasy idea that’s been nagging me for a while. It’s got a… Continue reading Prepping for NaNoWriMo, Are You Ready?!
Hey guys! Today makes a month we’ve been doing CC Gossip!! It has been a lot of fun, I gotta tell you. Some threads just get too crazy to fit in snapshots, but I get what I can and it’s still insane. So let’s get right to it. True Friends I’m fairly sure @gladiusquintus’ Cress… Continue reading CC Gossip Corner #4: Egg Fights, Family Reunions, and Demon Slaying
Hey guys! I had the pleasure to interview the lovely Katerina King about her new novel coming out Oct. 31, Malediction! It’s the first in the series, and I’m so excited. Malediction follows the life of young witch Ophelia ‘Scarlette’ Petrova, and her objective to survive all of the chaos thrown at her at one… Continue reading Interview With Katerina King
It’s that time again! This week has had my sides hurting, and it’s a looooong story to try to understand it all, so I’m going to have to start with the one that will help you understand everything else (though even that’s not the beginning, the beginning was hard to find). The Third Father that… Continue reading CC Gossip Corner #3: Adoptions, Lies, and Lady Adventurers
My friends are so inspiring to me. Like honestly, seeing them do the things they love always makes me feel inspired to keep doing what I do. With NaNoWriMo coming up, I know you know how important that is. There are some things coming up that I’m honestly SO excited for that you should be… Continue reading NaNoWriMo, Friends Doing Awesome Things, and Finding Motivation
Hello and welcome to the second installment of CC Gossip Corner! Every Saturday I gather the best, worst, and ridiculous of Character Chaos and bring it all here, so without further ado, let’s get right into some of the mess that’s happened this week. Bones. I can’t even say that I completely understand this one,… Continue reading CC Gossip Corner #2: Relationship Drama, Museum Raids, and Tragic News
Hey everybody! I hope you’re as excited as I am about the first ever CC Gossip Corner. So without further ado, let’s just jump into some of my favorite moments from this week! I’ll also be including links to the individual threads in case you want to read even more context, but I’ve included screenshots… Continue reading CC Gossip Corner #1: Character Confessions, Fun with Alcohol, and More
Heyo! I know it’s been a good minute since I’ve last put up a post, but the reason why is actually very simple. My laptop broke 😂 Basically, the bottom of my computer was falling off, and it was taking forever to figure out where to get it fixed (think figuring out customer service advice… Continue reading The Time I Spent the Entire Summer With a Busted Laptop
Show, don’t tell. Don’t use purple prose. The road to hell is paved with adverbs. Always use active voice, never passive! This is the kind of advice we’re always given as writers. But that kind of advice tends to come off, well, limiting. Especially when you’re trying to follow them all to the letter. I… Continue reading How to deal with writing rules that annoys you
Some writers work best with a thorough outline that details everything from the opening scene to the last. Others work better with nothing but a blank page and fingers prepped to type away with whatever comes to mind. Some don’t do well with either approach. Planning can feel overwhelming, and writing without a plan makes… Continue reading The Plantser’s cheats to outlining
Sometimes when you’re writing, it can be easy to find yourself in a rut of repeating yourself over and over. To help break the cycle there are some very affordable books that I recently discovered through my editor! I’ve learned most of my writing techniques through researching articles about writing, but these books are really… Continue reading 3 books to buy that help with writing
I’ve been hit by the inspiration bug, so I had to share a little of what I’ve been working on. Here’s a peak at the first chapter of BoxersWIP! – Solstice sighed. It didn’t look like she was going to find any promising Boxers today either. White lights basked the fighter in a way that… Continue reading I’ve been hit by the inspiration bug – so here’s a snippet of BoxersWIP
I actually use mobile apps a lot in my writing arsenal. And there are a few that are now necessities for finishing my novels. There are some that have worked really well for me, and then there were some that I had high expectations for but really ended up not working well at all. So… Continue reading Apps that are now essentials for me as a writer
A little bit of a more personal post, but I thought I’d share my experiences with doing yoga and how it has really helped with my writing, but really, a lot of other things, too. About three weeks ago, I started doing yoga as a way to help me with some lower back pain I… Continue reading How doing yoga has immensely helped my writing – self-care for writers
Learning languages is one of my not-so-secret passions. I speak Spanish and Catalan (a little known language in certain regions of Spain), as well as a little French, and I’m currently learning Korean (plus planning on learning Chinese in the future). As intimidating as learning a language can sometimes be, the investment is well worth… Continue reading Why learning a language can help your writing
Hey guys! So, Like I’ve said before, I’m enjoying setting time to myself to focus on my other projects! While I’m in the process of editing Wedded, I’ve been working on a new novel. I still don’t have a definite name for it, so I’m still calling it BoxersWIP for now. Like, there’s a really… Continue reading Writing and life updates
Hey guys. So, you may have noticed that there wasn’t a post this Friday, and I wanted to say something about it at the time, but at the same time, it actually felt good not letting myself worry about it. Posting to this blog three times a week has been pretty time consuming, and hasn’t… Continue reading Why I’m not posting three times a week anymore
Once you’ve spent enough time from an old project, whether that be a few weeks or even over the course of a couple of years. However long it takes to come back to your project, the important thing is to approach it with the right mindset. You know there’s a lot of work that has… Continue reading How to go back to an old story idea
You may not believe it, but acting, theater, and writing can actually have a lot in common. You all have to keep your audience engaged, you have to tell a story, and you all have your ways to do it. Finding out how those ways coincide is a great way to find more perspectives to… Continue reading Story craft – the similarities between theater, acting and writing
The muse is a fickle mistress. She comes when she likes, and sometimes over the silliest of things. As as quickly as she appears, she can vanish in an instant. It can be hard to capture these moments of inspiration and bottle them up before they escape, but you can at least analyze when they… Continue reading My favorite sources of inspiration for writing
Since we live so attached to our technological conveniences like keyboards and phones, it may seem strange at this point. But honestly, writing freehand is one of the best ways to solve writer’s block when I get it. It may not necessarily have you writing five hundred words in half an hour like a keyboard… Continue reading 6 reasons to write free hand when you have writer’s block
Juggling Camp Nano, edits, and blog posts this month has been interesting to say the least. So, Camp Nano didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, but I’ve already talked about that. I know where I went wrong, I think. Hopefully July will be better, if I decide to enter then. I’m not sure how… Continue reading Editing update
If a book doesn’t have strong side characters, no matter how much I like the main character, I’m probably not going to like the story. Otherwise, it tends to feel like the whole world revolves around that one character, and I’m not as connected to the story that way. Side characters shouldn’t just be part… Continue reading The importance of side characters
Writing is a profession that is often times not taken as seriously as it should be. Like a lot of creative jobs, if you’re not as good as the professionals that have been at this for decades, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never arrive to that level of professionalism (or even, gasp acknowledge once… Continue reading Finishing a novel is a practiced skill – so do it as much as possible
Dialogue is one of my favorite parts of writing. It’s where I feel like characters really come alive, both in the words they say, and in the words they don’t say. Good dialogue should flow like a conversation, but as a writer, you also have to remember that you are a story teller, and an… Continue reading 3 simple ways on to write realistic dialogue
So, my Camp Nano isn’t exactly going according to plan. I only recently broke 8k when the par right now is above 20k, so not so great. But it doesn’t bother me, like I’ve said before, it’s a personal challenge. I’m still going to write my Boxers story regardless of if I do it within… Continue reading How’s Camp Nano Going? Well…
I’ve been doing a lot of editing lately, and coincidentally, a lot of spring cleaning. And the two processes aren’t that dissimilar, it’s getting rid of what’s not necessary, cutting out what you don’t need, figuring out how to compact what you have in a better way. Both ended up being a sort of emotional… Continue reading Writing and Life
Faith slammed the door closed. Her back slid against the wood as she slumped to the floor, tears streaming down her face. Jessie’s message still glowed on the phone in her hand. She wanted to throw it across the room, but settled for turning it off and sliding it away. Months. Months she spent suspicious,… Continue reading Moon and Rain
I don’t think it’s any secret that I love using music as a tool to help me write. And I think that choosing the right music that matches your personal tastes and also matches the story is the perfect formula for creating ideas and that perfect writing flow. I like to think I have very… Continue reading How to pick the best music to inspire your writing
I think it’s safe to say that the hardest part of writing a book for a lot of writers is the beginning. Facing that first page and knowing that all those ideas in your head are supposed to make up the hundreds of pages that will eventually be your story can be intimidating. But I… Continue reading Getting Past That Scary First Chapter. Start the story right!
I love character names. Naming my main characters is one of my favorite parts of writing a story. Names that resonate with me really connect me to my characters, and it’s so important to me that I find the right one. However, you have to name a lot of things when you’re writing a story,… Continue reading My favorite sources to find character names
Obviously, your character has been around before the story actually takes place, in their world. Your character’s past affect how they are now and the decisions they’ll make for the future. Even if your character’s back story never comes up in the story, it may even be good just for you to know, not only… Continue reading Character back stories! How to make them more realistic
I absolutely love Nanowrimo and Camp Nano. Even if I don’t meet my goals, it’s the best way to get words down on a project and get the worst part over with, which is the beginning. Now for me, even with 50k, my novels are usually no where near done. My novels usually average at… Continue reading So you want to participate in Camp Nano
Sensors — calibrated. Area — cleared. Aleila checked the messages on her communicator, then smirked. R’duni — totally unsuspecting. From her hiding place behind an asteroid, she could see R’duni’s flyer slowly tread past the limits of the Badlands. Always the cautious one. As anticipated, a message soon appeared on Aleila’s communicator. Are you there?… Continue reading Joke’s On You
Now let’s be honest. Sometimes villains are our favorite part of the movie (I’m looking at you, Loki fans). They are complicated characters, when done right. And they’ll make you love them and hate them at the same time. The last thing you want are villains that are only one-dimensional and flat, so here are… Continue reading It’s good to be bad. 5 ways to write good villains
I personally love writing descriptions, but I know for some they can be a struggle. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to get the image in your head into your readers head since no one’s invented telepathy, at least not yet. So until that exists, here are my tips to writing engaging descriptions that… Continue reading Paint the picture! How to place your readers in the story with descriptions
Describing our characters with words is fun and all, but sometimes we want a more visual representation of the characters we’ve come to love, with all of the unique characterizations that make them, them. If you don’t have the skill to draw your characters yourself, you may want to hire an artist to do it!… Continue reading Want to commission artists for character drawings? Here’s where to start
You may have seen me mention story arcs in my posts, and I realized that I see them as such an integral part of my way of story crafting that I forgot that some may not know what they are or how to create them. For me, story arcs are an essential part to story… Continue reading What are Story Arcs? The Beginners Guide To Story Crafting
If you’re like me, and have too many WIPs for your own good, sometimes you don’t want to lose your grip on that stellar idea that you may not be as inspired for later. This may sound wild at first, but working on multiple projects can potentially help you maintain your inspiration on both! At… Continue reading Multi-tasking; writing multiple stories at a time? It can be done!
Even covered by the curtains of her palanquin, the princess of the Chakri tribe sat completely erect, her dark elegant neck held high, golden disks hanging from her ears, midnight hair in a huge manicured bun on top of her angled features. Even as her palanquin swayed, princess Aiyana stayed upright. Even as her ears… Continue reading Daughter of Motega
Sometimes when world building, I feel like It’s easy to get lost into your own creation. Sometimes there’s a line between creating enough and creating too much for your world, and fantasy/sci-fi writers can be the ones most likely trip over that distinction. So here are 6 tips for keeping your bearings while at the… Continue reading Don’t get lost in your own world… 6 tips for world building!
Buy link: Amazon I am so floored by all the love and support I’ve gotten over the past 48 hours. It’s been crazy! And as it’s become relevant, I want to direct you to a post I wrote on my friend Em’s blog about the struggles we POC face in the industry, particularly Black people… Continue reading CONQUEST IS OUT IN THE WORLD NOW
What is the Pondathon? The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest. Have… Continue reading I’m participating in the Pondathon Readathon!!
Hey guys! I hope you had fun at your New Years parties, Christmas dinners, and that this year is your year for whatever! Writing, progress, growing, getting better, all of this. Welcome to the 20s. So I have several ambitious goals, we’ll see how many I actually accomplish haha. Let’s just get straight into them.… Continue reading 2020 Resolutions/Goals!!
I hope you guys had an awesome Christmas holiday! Though 2019 has been a bit of a roller coaster, I want to shout out some people that made it special anyway, through being great friends, great support, and I pray that 2020 has some blessings in store for them. So here are my Twitter peeps… Continue reading All the Twitter Peeps I'm Grateful For This Year
Y’all. I can do a lot of things. Writing and drawing in the afternoon/evening, relax with some Chinese lessons at night? Perfectly fine. But being in the middle of writing a book and reading another one? MY BRAIN SHUTS DOWN. I can even help my friends and beta read for them, making comments all along… Continue reading The STRUGGLE is Real With Reading Slumps