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!
So, like I’ve already said, critiquing is a two-edged sword, and if you’re going to critique someone’s story, you want to help them as much as you can, right? Whether you’re a Beta reader or a critique partner, I feel like it’s important to know what exactly an author needs in order to refine their… Continue reading Critiques: covering both ends of the stick (part 2)
Getting critiques and knowing how to give them is a two edged sword. It can be hard to do both. It’s hard to get advice from someone and hearing that some parts are lacking or isn’t good enough and feeling lost on how to improve. And then it’s hard to see another person’s story from… Continue reading Critiques: covering both ends of the stick (part 1)
So! A bit of an update on what I’ve been up to these days! First of all, I sent off my initial self-edits to my publisher, so now I have to wait for the editor to go over it and then send it make to me with changes. Nervous and excited about that at the… Continue reading Status update
Being new to writing can be a daunting task. Most of us are self-taught, so we learn by observation, critiques, and suggestions. And surrounding yourself with a community of people interested in the same thing can help you grow and flourish in your practice, with ample source of styles, inspirations, and even learning from the… Continue reading New to the writing community? Here’s where to start!
I’m looking at you, over-writers. I see you, weeping over your 120k, 130k babies wondering how you’ll ever cut off even a thousand words, much less enough to fit into the 85k-100k that’s the industry standard for those that are debuting and trying to query. It’s hard, believe me, I know. Hello, I’m Celeste Harte,… Continue reading 6 ways to cut down your word count
I think it would be pretty accurate to say characters can make or break a good book. I’m one of those people that will muscle through a book if I like nothing else but the main character. Characters are what connect us to the story, they’re what makes the world and events matter to us.… Continue reading 5 surprising ways to write a well-rounded character
So. This is a decision I’ve been a little hesitant to make, but I’ve also had the feeling that it’s time. I’ll still have a profile up, but for the most part, I’m taking down all my stories from Wattpad. Don’t worry, I haven’t been the victim of plagiarism or bullying or anything like that.… Continue reading Why I’m leaving Wattpad
As a visual person, making an aesthetic is one of my favorite ways to start a new story, or to re-inspire myself for a current one. Plus, it’s extra fun to share those aesthetics on Twitter or Instagram so you can tease all your friends with the awesome new project you’re working on. But how… Continue reading How to make an aesthetic to inspire your book!
I officially have a release date for Dragon Bones: Wedded! *cue drum roll* February 4th, 2020!! So mark your calendars, you’ll finally get to know Jashi and Kahmel next year! I am so freaking excited you guys. Like, having a release date just makes it all the more REAL, you know? I’m publishing a book!!… Continue reading Release date announced!
I am so here for all of the diversity and representation rolling out this year. So to continue to stand behind these amazing authors coming out with awesomeness, let me break down the ones I’m most excited for (though they’re all awesome, really). BTW, I’m also including books that’s already came out earlier this year… Continue reading 10 most anticipated reads of 2019
So! I have been busy. Juggling the usual day to day obligations and keeping up with my 5-chapter-a-day plan has been interesting. BUT I’m extremely pleased with myself for staying consistent with it, and I’m now more than half-way through my self-edits! After that, it’s off to the editor. I’m still a little nervous about… Continue reading Progress update!
I don’t want to call it writer’s block. I think you know the zone I’m talking about. You still want to write, but when you sit down to do it, the words are coming out choppy, you’re not feeling the characters, and it just doesn’t feel like you. It’s not so much writer’s block as… Continue reading My 7 tips to help writing flow
Well, this past week has been a bit of a whirlwind, to say the least. I was finally able to announce my book deal with Immortal Works, I’ve started a book blog, and I’ve begun editing my book to polish it up for my editor. But I’ll tell the truth. I’m kind of intimidated by… Continue reading Editing… send help! 5 tips to help you edit more efficiently
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 REPOST 3 simple ways on to write realistic dialogue