The Hopes of an Author

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to talk about hope.

Hope: is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.”

We all have hope that something good will happen to us someday. We tend to hope that there are things in this world that have not happened yet but they will happen and then we will be happy.

As a full-time author, I believe that hope is very important and at times more important than everything else. Hope is what keeps every writer doing what they do best-write.  It is the hope that talks to them.

“One day you will be a famous author. You will be a best-seller like Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel. You will be able to stand tall and have pride in that the world is reading your books.”

 Sometimes, that hope is so quiet that you can barely hear it but it is there in the back of every person’s mind even those who are not writers. But especially writers. After all, being an author and to have your name on a book is a dream that is based on hope and luck and talent. Why do I use the word “luck“? Because, if you are not trying to achieve something, luck or no luck you won’t get what you want. I learned from a young age that people who don’t work hard, never get anywhere. But it is also true that a person who does not have hope will get discouraged very easily.

Hope is the key to going forward without stopping. It is the force that says, “Look, there! I see a light.”

At first you think, No, I still have all this long way to go. What are you talking about? It’s too far.

Then, Hope comes back to you with something positive that makes you think. “You have come this far with the belief that I will help you. Why not believe in me again and most importantly, in yourself now?” Hope asked. It seemed that Hope was trying to be reassuring of the facts that you could no longer see because you started to doubt your journey.

“But, Hope……I…..I am starting to think that this pointless…..” you say to Hope with a shrug.

“No, no, it is not at all pointless. You just need a break. It is the stress of your everyday effort talking right now. I won’t let you give up. You will find your success, I promise you that,” Hope said in a firm tone.

“When?” You question Hope.

“Soon, I promise. Just don’t give up because if I didn’t believe in your success, I would not be here. You need to let yourself calm down enough to see that I am right,” Hope said as it patted the Author’s shoulder.

The Author sighed. “Yes, you are right. I should have more hope that everything will be okay in the end. We had this conversation many times and I still have doubts sometimes,” The Author said with a frown.

“Yes, we had this conversation before and we will have it many more times. We will continue to have it until you stop doubting that things will be okay,” Hope said with tone of complete conviction.

Finally, the Author sighed and went back to writing. After all, writing was what authors were supposed to do. Perhaps, Hope was right and all this young author needed was to continue writing. After all, pen to paper or even the click of the keyboard was calming.

Hope stood there quietly over the Author’s  shoulder and watched as more words appeared on the screen. Hope was happy. At least for today the Author seemed calmer………

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

My First Internet Birthday Party with Author Zara West

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My Dear Future Readers:

Yes, I am posting this a bit late as the party itself has been over for a few weeks now. Let me start by saying that I have not known Zara West long. I got acquainted with her after I had attended Jessica Lauryn’s Release Party for A Passionate Play, which you can read about here (Reflection After A Passionate Play’s Release Party Co-Hosted by Diana Rose). After that day, Zara West and I became friends on Facebook. I am always happy to meet more author friends.

When I heard about Zara West’s online Birthday Party, I was intrigued. I did not know what an online birthday party would be like. I only ever went to in person birthday parties and it was a long time ago. As people say, “It was a long time ago and therefore, it is not true.”  This kind of party was something new to me and I decided to attend and see what it was all about.

The party itself lasted two weeks from November 17th to November 30th. That was the first thing that was interesting to me. The second thing that was surprising but that I liked about it was that there were all kinds of different party games where you could win prizes. The prizes for each game were elaborate and diverse.

Of course, I won a few prizes myself. I won a chocolate bar, two bookmarks, and a beautiful bunny notepad magnet for my refrigerator. I received my prizes in the mail not so long ago.

Zara West’s birthday party was interesting because the different games were not all the same. Some were word unscrambles, others were more about food or rather what flavors of cake we prefer and still others were about her book. She is an author and that is only logical. I enjoyed it because every day I was trying to imagine what type of game Zara would think of today and yet, it still surprised me when I opened up my Facebook page. The party itself was exciting and not only because I won some prizes, but because I made a new friend in the process.

I even had a thought that online birthday parties are not so bad. I seem to have more friends online than I see in real life and I was thinking maybe for my next birthday to make an online birthday party. The idea sounds good. I am still going to think it over though.

Overall, the party that I attended was gave me lots of great memories. Especially for an introverted personality like I have, I think that online parties are best. Besides, the people are somehow more interesting with interesting points of view when you talk to them online. I will tell you one thing, I would very much like to participate in such online parties again. Of course, if I am invited. I love author events most because I get to meet great talented  authors. I felt honored to be a part of Zara West’s Birthday Party and I also learned a lot about the kind of person and author she is.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Trying to Win But No Win at NaNoWriMo

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to talk to you about trying. Yes, trying. I consider myself to be a good writer when it comes to writing books.I believe that in the time that I have been writing and editing my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love in my Power of Love Series, I have learned a lot about writing and I decided to try write a novel for National Novel Writing Month this year. Of course, I knew that writing 50, 000 words would not be easy. Especially, to write that much in a month. But I wanted to try. I thought that doing National Novel Writing Month would make me a better writer or at least a faster writer.

As I started the month of November, I was not so confident that I could do it because in the previous two years I did not even get to write everyday. I was too consumed by my college classes to have the time to write everyday. This year, I thought that even if I do not win, at least I want to try to write as much as I can and everyday.

So, that was exactly what I did. I started to write everyday. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this. Everyday, for a few hours a day, I wrote a few hundred words. I was getting close to the end of the month and I was determined to win this year. However, the word count of the website did not measure my words the way that I wrote them or I wrote too little words a day. I ended up not winning in NaNoWriMo.

However, I did write almost four full chapters of my new idea. Four chapters is a good start. Yes, my story is still in the early stages of development but November has been a good push in the right direction. At least now I can say that I wrote four chapters and I wrote them everyday for 30 days. Before this November, I could not even say that I write everyday.

No, I did not win. But I have plans for next year to try again. I feel accomplished. I also have had a lot of support from my fellow writers who also took part in this contest. I feel like if I can write everyday for a month, I will be able to finish my books faster than I did before. Which is also a reason why I tried to do National Novel Writing Month. Of course, I might not aim so high as I did in November but at least I will be able to write three or four chapters in a month, with breaks of course. If that will make me more productive then I will try it.

Being a full-time author means that I should find time to write everyday. I found time during November to write three or four hours a day and I have four chapters to show for it. I want to do that everyday for a longer period of time. The National Novel Writing Month in November was a good idea to push me towards the realization that I need to write more. Write blog posts, ideas, thoughts and more books. Now, I need to implement this idea into reality.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author