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


Thankfulness of an Author


My Dear Future Readers:

I want to wish every one of you a very Happy Thanksgivings Day.. It is the day that we give thanks for everything we have. But should we not be thankful for the people and things we have, every day of our life? I believe that Thanksgiving is not for one day of the year. It is a holiday that can be celebrated everyday.

Everyday, there is a reason to be thankful. Everyday, the sun shines in our windows and the birds chirp their beautiful songs. In life there are moments when we should look for ways to be thankful no matter how bad our day is going. But today, I want to say that there are things that we should all be thankful for and always remember.

The Everyday List of Thanks:


  • We must always be thankful for the sky that is blue and the air that we breathe.
  • We must be thankful for the plants and flowers and the nature all around us.
  • We have to be thankful for the families we have and the friendships we acquired.
  • We must be thankful for our parents and grandparents because they made us who we are today.
  • We have be thankful that we have places that we can come home to every night. That we have beds and things that we use everyday that we need.
  • We have to be thankful for the things that we can do like, reading and writing and having the ability to use technology and think.
  • We must be thankful for the different people we we meet because whether they are bad or good we all learn life lessons that we can’t live without./

There are many more things that we as people should be thankful for. But now, I want to talk about my own list of things that I am thankful for.

My List of Thanks

Every day, I am thankful. I know that today is the day for that and I want to express my thanks.

I want to thank YOU for being a faithful  future reader. After all, without all of you who are reading my blog and liking my Author Page (Diana Rose Author Page )  none of this could be possible. You make things happen.

I want to thank my mother who taught me most of the things I do today. But most of all how make decisions and stay by them. She taught me that I should always keep going no matter how hard life gets. “There’s always tomorrow.” It means that I can always try again and that I should never lose hope. There are so many other things that my mother taught me but it is going to take a long time to list them all. I just want to say that she always makes life seem brighter no matter and no matter what happens, I can always count on her to be there for me no matter what life throws at me. I am  extremely grateful to have a mother who can know even without words what I need and how I feel.

I am thankful for the friends that I have even there aren’t many that I see everyday, the ones who are in other states, I am grateful for the care and love I feel from you that helps me get through my day. I am grateful for the comments that I get from my friends on Facebook and that I don’t feel so alone when I have someone to talk to.

I am grateful for the opportunity and ability to be a full-time author and having a chance to make my writing better everyday. I’m grateful for the support I have.

I am thankful for all the things that were named in the above list. Also, I am grateful for the talent I have and the creativity I have to write my books.

I wish you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!!!

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.

The Writing Lessons and Webinars on Being a Great Author

My Dear Future Reader:

So, recently, I was invited to participate in a webinar called the SOAR Program. Honestly, I am doing this because I want to learn more about how to become a successful Author. It might help me learn the skills I need to know in order to be a good author.

The developer of this program, Mike Allison is an author, blogger, and an online coach for writers and bloggers. I have included his website here (SOAR Program-Mike Allison).

I will tell you one thing that I know for sure……You can never know enough about what you do. There will always be someone who knows something that you don’t. It is up to you decide if you want to learn or you close yourself off to learning.

I am the kind of person who never wants to stop learning. Especially, because I am learning about writing. I am an author and I want my readers to know that I don’t take what I do lightly. It is always good to find ways how to improve yourself I believe that is true. A friend of mine once told me:

“If you don’t know something, read about it in a book, research it.”

-Dan San, Director at Meural, Entrepreneur & Creative Artist

I have been doing that ever since and it is true. You can learn more in a book and by researching than anywhere else.

This is also why I am attending the webinar tomorrow. To learn and improve my views of success. It is easy to listen to a webinar. But it is hard when you make mistakes that you regret later. Maybe, it will be helpful and I might know than I know today.

The webinar will start tomorrow on this website, SOAR Webinar. I do hope this helps someone who is writing as well.

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

To Do NANOWRIMO Or Not to Do NANOWRIMO, That is the Question.

My Dear Future Readers:

Tomorrow is November 1st. It is the start of the National Novel Writing Month. I participated for four years in a row and I never won or even gotten the 50,000 words required to win. I was disappointed in myself that I could not sit down and write my Work-In-Progress everyday. Of course, I had a reason.

Every year during the month of November, I had to submit some kind of essay, study for some kind of midterm in college and the time just slipped away from me. By the time, I would finish with my exams and essays that I had to do, November was half way over and I had no energy left to write in my Work-In-Progress.

But……The Question remains.

Do I want to participate in  the National Novel Writing Month this year?

The answer is not simple nor is it an easy decision. Yes, I do want to prove to myself that I can finish a novel in one month and at least get into the habit of everyday writing. But, I feel like if I try and I don’t get to the end of the month, I might be more disappointed. Of course, it is a tempting idea because now that I am no longer pulled down by college and studying for exams, I might be able to write more in the Work-In-Progress than I did in the previous years.

However, after all the disappointments of the last four years, I feel that I can’t bring myself to do it again. I think that as my life showed that there are more important things than doing the National Novel Writing Month. I don’t understand it but I think this year I might give my Overconfident Ideals a break. It is after all about writing everyday. I think I have been doing that off and on on my own.

So, to answer the question. I  decided to still write everyday but not in such a tight schedule. After all, even if I do not participate, I am still a writer and an author. I still write books and I am still following my dream of being a full-time author. The National Novel Writing Month is for practice and I love to practice writing but with everything else that I have  going on I can’t possibly divide myself into ten million pieces.

What I will be doing instead of the National Novel Writing Month?

I plan to keep writing my blog posts throughout the month of November. I want to continue doing edits for Book 1:Forbidden Love. Testing my writing abilities against myself within 20 days does not seem like a good idea at the moment. But…..if I could write a blog post twice or even three times a week during the month of November and get more likes on my Author Page, I would call that an achievement. Even if my blog posts are not going to equal 50,000 words, I still think that it would be a great improvement because I am being realistic about my abilities.

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

The Creation of a Brand: Diana Rose

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, there is something very exciting I want to say. I think that I have finally achieved something that I thought was far from my reach.

People keep talking about branding and creating a Brand that other people might be interested in. A Brand for a product. At first I did not think of my writing as a “Product” and it made no sense to me what everyone was talking about. The question was: How can an author make a Brand? How is a book a “Product” that needs to be “Branded”?

 However, after attending Jessica Lauryn’s release party on October 20th which I talked about in one of blog posts, Reflection After A Passionate Play’s Release Party Co-Hosted by Diana Rose I realized that I had created a Brand. Yes, writing can be created into a Brand.

A Brand is something visual and can be portrayed clearly for people want to buy the product. Let me tell you that my visual representation is quite memorable. I believe that once people got used to seeing my cover picture on my Author Page, it became my Brand.

That picture is a symbol of the union between the Moon Kingdom and Earth Kingdom which I write about in my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love in my Power of Love Series. The garden in that picture is similar to the garden where my two main characters met for the first time. Of course, with so much symbolism involved in this picture, I was pleasantly surprised when it accepted as a part of my Brand.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Diana Rose is a Brand as well as a person! It’s Official now!

To me, this is a GREAT honor. I feel that I have become someone more than an author. I have become a recognizable icon for my readers. Yes, that is a good thing. Why? Because whenever people see that picture on a screen in my Author Page or even on my Blog, they know who it belongs to. And that is the most important thing.

A Brand can sell the product even before the product is available.

At least that is what I heard from people. I’m not sure that it is true yet but I am eager to find out. However, I will say one thing…..True love is for EVERYONE. No matter how you go about finding it. That is what my books are about and that is what I represent. I represent the HOPE and REASSURANCE that true love exists and can be unveiled. Everyone deserves to find true love. I believe that through my books that are yet to be published, my future readers might find an answer to the question that has everyone confused……..Where do I look for true love? Does true love really exist? Will I ever find my true love?

Like many of you, I myself am still looking for the answers to these questions.I believe that if I can find the answers to these questions then, I can help you find the answers as well.

This is EXACTLY what my Brand is about.

My Brand and the books I write are for those people who need answers to the questions that love forces us to think about. It is all about the way you express yourself and show people who you are. Love comes to those who don’t pretend to be something they are not. Be yourself and love will find you. That is one of the things I believe is a good method in finding love.

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

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

Author Lesson #8: Author Education

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to talk about Author Education. It sounds funny, doesn’t it? Author Education….Sounds like a silly thing. Do Authors have special schools or colleges where a major can say: Authors and Editors: How to write a book in the correct format for publication. Yes, you are probably laughing like I would have laughed long ago.


But Author Education is just like any other type of education there is. You need to read specific books designed for the field of study you are in. Of course, there are no tests and no grades. No one to check how well you know what you read except for you. You need to apply what you read to your writing and that is the only sure way to know if you have studied well enough to use what you know.

Many starting out authors lack the knowledge that in order to succeed in any profession and thereby become a Professional in the Writing and Publishing World. But I think that since I am a starting out author, I needed a little push-shall I say to be on the same level as the well-known author who are Best-Sellers. That is why I try to read as much about writing as I can so I can do a better job of writing my books.

After all, life is about always going forward and learning as much as you can. I love what I do. I love the idea of writing everyday. I know that I have a long way to go before I become a well-known author but I know that I will get there. Author Education is about improving what you have been working hard at. It is about learning more about how to make your writing better. Nothing is made overnight but if you put put the effort in it is worth it.

Author Education is a type of self-education that no one can teach you in school. Why? Well, in school children are taught things like English, Math, Science, History. Teachers are not skilled in writing. So, if you want to learn how to be an author, YOU need to educate yourself.

HOW do you educate yourself in the art of being an author?

Well I found a way to do that. I figured out something…..not all bookstores sell books on writing and how to write better. Not every library has a clear guide to how to write clearer. It was up to me to find the reading materials I needed. Yes, maybe this too will sound funny to you, but I went online to and started to do research on books about writing different kinds of scenes, editing, and how to become a successful author.

It is with these different books that I started to learn the things that Best-Selling authors already knew. I also found books on marketing and other such books. Yes, I plan on reading them and rereading them for information that I don’t know. After all, I am just starting to become an author.

Now……I say that I am a full-time author all the time. But what does a full-time author mean exactly?

That’s a good question. Honestly, I’m still figuring it out. The only I know is that a full-time author writes. Yes, that might seem funny to you but yes, writing is what makes an author. Also, what I learned is that an author has to maintain a website and yes, a blog is a website.

Writing on the blog is what I do to keep my audience reading my writing. My blog is like a preview of my style of writing. No, I don’t write and publish posts everyday but I try my best to not let my blog go without a post for months. I want you to know that finding something to write about on my blog is not easy. Every time I sit down to write on my blog it feels like all the topics I could have written about were already written in my other posts. But I still seem to find something to write about……MAGICALLY.

Another part of being a full-time author is editing your work. Let me tell you, editing is serious work and time consuming. It is essential for publishing a good book that you can be proud of. An Author Lesson #2: Editing is WORK in this blog post I explain detail what the editing process is. It’s not as scary as it sounds. But it is a big part of being a full-time author.

Being a full-time author means that you can devote all your time to writing, editing and promoting your books on your blog and online. It is quite fun once you get used to the Public Eye.

I always love reading and learning about writing but most of all I love my readers and posting new blog posts for them. I love to edit my writing as much as I love writing because editing is also very educational for me as a new author.

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

Reflection After A Passionate Play’s Release Party Co-Hosted by Diana Rose


My Dear Future Readers,

On October 20th, I was asked to be a guest author at Jessica Lauryn’s Release Party for her new book, (You can click on the link to purchase the book here…) A Passionate Play. 

To say that I was thrilled is not say anything at all. I was on cloud nine at the opportunity I was presented with. Jessica Lauryn was an excellent hostess. She kept everything running smoothly. Everyone she invited had a chance to introduce themselves and their books, play7 a game  or two and interact.

Honestly, I was quite happy that I got to know such wonderful women authors during the Release Party. With every new Author who was introduced, Jessica Lauryn found a creative way to introduce the Author Speaker. For Kristine Reynolds, Jessica Lauryn used a poster type picture that explained who she was. It was unexpected and creative at the same time.

Kristine Reynolds writes Western Romances. So, she made a contest about Western scenes. I entered twice. Yes, twice. I don’t know why but I wanted to show that I had some knowledge about western romance. I did not win her contest though.

But I won something even better……

When Jessica introduced me as the next Guest Author, I was a bit nervous. I had been thinking very hard about what kind of contest I would invite the guests to participate  in and I finally came up with one. I wanted to know which romantic scene and wedding in a Disney or non-Disney was their favorite. I think as an Author of Young Adult Fantasy Romance that was a fitting contest.

But…..Besides that..What touched me in my introduction at the Release Party was not the warm welcome of the attendees. But the WAY Jessica Lauryn introduced me.


The above picture was my introduction at the Release Party. That was the best gift I have ever received. Of course, I love to have books as gifts. Who doesn’t if you are an author?  But this was the most touching gift I have ever received. I almost cried when I saw how Jessica Lauryn made my Author Page’s cover photo come alive with putting my name and genre on it.

It feels like this is the first step closer to having my name in lights. I feel acknowledged and I feel that I matter, my work matters. Jessica Lauryn has finished one series, The Pinnacles of Power Series with five books and started another series, The Rabourn Theater Series now with A Passionate Play. But I never felt inferior in comparison to her success. She supports me and now with this spectacular cover photo, I feel like I can honestly say, “I have created my Brand.” This new cover photo which I already placed on My Author Page on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, I tried to put it on YouTube too. Now, it is representing me.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Jessica Lauryn for such a beautiful cover and representation of my Brand. Gosh, I can’t believe that I, Diana Rose, have a Brand. It’s true. But I feel like I’m dreaming. It is a good dream. I feel like I am finally on the road to success. I have a Brand!.

I created something more than beautiful ideas for a book, I created a Brand. It feels great. And honestly being asked to join in Co-hosting a Release Party is a huge honor.

My winner was Zara West. And she won a Moon tote and a castle bookmark. I did not get a chance to send it to her yet but I will hopefully. It was a fun contest and everyone gave interesting answers. I really did enjoy my time and being acknowledged like that was the best gift I could have gotten. It was incredible being able to interact with well-known authors at a Release Party.

Being a full-time author is the BEST job in the world. My life has become so much better since I started writing full time in January 2016. I feel like I have truly embraced who I was meant to be. I’m meeting wonderful authors of different genres online and hopefully I can meet them in person one day and going to Jessica Lauryn’s Book Release Party was the best part of all!!!!

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