Where Do I Find My Ideas?

My Dear Future Readers,

Recently, I was asked where I get my ideas from. An interesting question really. Which is why I want to write this post.

Have you ever heard of the phrase,  ideas are everywhere”? I find that this is more true every day.  It is not about finding ideas really  but about finding inspiration to write those ideas down on paper. Or,in my case on this post.  Sometimes, it admit it is hard to find one idea to write. But, I try to think about what I would want to read and that helps me write.  In some cases, it takes longer time but it really doesn’t matter how long it takes, what matters is that you have ideas.

For example, the ideas I am writing down now in my book came really unexpectedly that I me.  Those are the best kind of ideas if I were to be honest with you.  Sometimes, the euphoric ideas are the ones that help you write faster. Now, that is not to say that every author has to write only when they get a euphoric idea. I’m saying that a euphoric idea helps to add words to the story faster.  Authors should write everyday no matter what. It helps to come up with ideas faster when you are already in the process of writing something.

Passion about the things that you are writing about is also important.  Why? Because if you are passionate about the subject you are writing about,  you can find more to say about it. Passion about anything makes a person seem more interesting. For example, when I talk about my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love  or another book that I am writing in the series, I begin to sound different as though I can talk about my ideas for hours if I am not stopped. That is what passion is.  I think that many of us forget about this because we find less things to be passionate about in today’s world.  But it really doesn’t matter what you are passionate about whether it is art, music,  dance,  literature,  reading,  writing or something else,  passion is a good thing to have.

I think if you are writing or making art you also need to learn discipline.  Now, it does not mean you have to force yourself to sit and make art every day for the fear that someone will come and beat you with a ruler like in the old times. No. I mean that you have to devote time to the activity. Enough time to accomplish something that you can be proud of later.

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

Author Interview: More on Writing and Diana Rose

My Dear Future Readers:

I want to apologize that it has taken me a long time to write my next blog post. But, I’m back. In the meantime I have been editing a lot for my Book 1: Forbidden Love. Of course, I wanted to get back to writing these wonderful blog posts and tell you more about me.

Now, I’m back and I can continue the Self-Interviews. I know you have waited patiently for a long time so let me start by saying a big thank you to all of you for your patience.

Here are a few more questions and answers for you.

  1. Which author would you like to be like?

Honestly, I have thought about this quite a lot as I continue writing. This is the first time anyone has asked this question but I do have a few role model authors who I want to be like.

I wanted to be like Danielle Steel who writes wonderful romance novels. I believe she writes one book a year. She has over 500 different books already in print. I thought that if I could write so many books then I would be a good author.

Another one of the authors I want to be like is Nicholas Sparks who wrote The Notebook. This book and others were later made into a movie. I believe thatb in order for a book to be turned into a movie it has to be extremely popular. Now, Nicholas Sparks writes many different subjects even though they are all romance books. I want to be like him because I don’t want all my books to be  written the same way.

In addition to those two authors, I would also say that I want to be like Alyson Noel who writes YA Fantasy Romance and I have read a lot of her books. Her books have a lot of fantasy in them. I like the way she describes everything to the last detail so much that I can see myself in the story. I can feel the emotion and the action of the story and that is what I call a great  author.

2. What is the hardest part about writing?

The hardest thing about writing for me is when I have to come up with a new idea for a book. When the document is blank it is hard for me to figure out what to write. Also another hard part of writing is editing.

Why editing? Editing is hard because you need to go over your draft a few times looking for details that you missed, misspelled words, punctuation errors and much more. It is tiresome  but a very necessary part of writing.

You know, for me, editing is a very educational part of writing. It does not only teach me how to write….it opens my mind to new ideas. Somehow I realize things that my story might be missing and once I had finished my story.

 3. What show would people be surprised you enjoy?

The show that I most enjoy is Once Upon A Time. I don’t know if it will surprise you that I enjoy this show but I do. I like Once Upon A Time because the characters in the show always have something wise to say and I believe that it is true what they say. Also, I like the fact that the show, Once Upon A Time always has a changing plot. No idea is the same in each episode. I have watched the entire series starting from the first season of the show and the ideas always change in each episode. That forces the characters to evolve with the set idea. Even though the general plot is the same the episodes show a different side of the plot every time and at the end of the episode is always a questioning scene which makes the audience look forward to the next episode.

I would like to use that kind of idea in my writing to keep my readers waiting and wanting more at the end of my books. That is why I watch Once Upon A Time because it is somehow close to the things I write about.

4. How different are you now than when you were a teen?

Now, I believe that I have a clear idea of how I want to live my life. I have a vision of my dream. I am more productive in achieving what I want in my life. I am braver in going after the things I want. For example, if I want to have a healthy body, I do something to make that happen…I eat better, exercise. Or if I want to be more public, I write more blog posts, I share my posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+. Anything that I might want to achieve, I know what I must do and then nI do it. I strive to make things I do as perfect as they can be, like my books.

But when i was a teenager, I was not so focused. People told me, guided me in the right direction and unlike now when I can make my own decisions and stand by them, I followed the decisions of other people. I believed that they wished me well. They did wish me well but they wanted what they thought would bring me happiness. But i grew up like everyone does and I realized that my dream of becoming an author was more important to me than working at a job that I no longer believed would make me happy.

Writing makes me happy, being able to have 2,104 likes on My Author Page and 49 followers of this blog makes me happy. Learning how to write through editing my book and buying books to enhance my knowledge about how to write better makes me happy. That is how things changed for me. I realized that no matter what or who comes into my life or leaves my life, I will be happy because I have my dream, my dream of becoming a full-time author and that is more important to me than anything else.

When I was a teenager , I looked for someone else to make me happy and now I do not. I am happy standing alone with my dream. I have goals and my dream and that is all I need for right now even though I might want more.

I hope you enjoyed my answers to these questions.

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

Author Interview: Diana Rose and Her Writing

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to tell you a little about my writing. I love talking about my writing. Why I Write For Teens? was the first post I made about my writing. I was so happy I could tell the world about my writing back then. And now here is my next chance.

As promised, here are more questions about me but today we discuss my writing.

The Writing

 

1. Describe your writing

I write Young Adult Fantasy Romance. I have created many different fantasy characters. It is about who the character is. For example, I write about royalty. Now, there are real life royalty in today’s world but no normal person has magical abilities that allow them to move from one place to another with the help of teleportation. Or empathize by actually feeling the emotion of the person next to them.

My books have that magical element to create an inner conflict, whether or not to use magic or do things without it. My writing forces people to consider what life would be like if you could just zap someone. Would life be easier or harder with magic than it is now?

I love romance so there is always a lot of romance in my books. I can write great romantic scenes and I love happily ever afters. My writing is easy to read and fun because I add a lot of fantasy elements like magical powers, fairies, talking animal, royalty, oh and yes of course the elaborate settings.

2. Where is the most unusual place you have written material for your books?

I haven’t been in exotic locations in a long time. But if I were to go anywhere, I would probably say on the bus or on the beach. I have been traveling on the bus more than anything to and from college and sometimes I would take my phone out and write on my phone. One time or even a few times during my college career, I would find myself writing on my iPad or tablet while the professor talked becayuse he was boring me to sleep and I needed to stay awake.

I wrote entire chapters in the classroom. And no one even noticed that I was not taking notes but writing an idea down. It was fun to write within the hour and fifteen minutes of class because I was always busy and when the professor said something I always flipped through my documents and went back to my notes to write it down.

Yes, now I open up my big secret but to be honest, I felt like my writing deserved more attention than the class I was taking because of the subject of the class itself. I mean, who needs to know how garbage is disposed and distributed throughout New York City?  I sure don’t and I hated those pointless classes. Which is why I wrote my book in class.

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A writer at work

3. What made you decide to become a writer?

Would you believe that it just happened? No? Well, here’s a fun story…….

I was twelve and I was talking to my friends about all these ideas I had and one of my friends said to me, “You have so many ideas. Why don’t you start writing them down before you forget them? You don’t have to write a lot, just a paragraph each day and that will be enough.”

So, I thought about it. It doesn’t sound too bad. A paragraph a day, I thought. So, I decided to start writing all those ideas down on paper. Because, my friend said that it would be better to write them on paper so I don’t forget how to hand write. In that way, I would improve my handwriting as well.

So, I took some paper and started writing by hand. Even though, my handwriting was not so great at first, I kept doing it. My ideas were written down and then I would type them on my computer. I used to type in all capital letters too.

Then, my other friend, Dmitry Belenky, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, M.A., one of my closest friends who is also a psychologist, told me, “Why are you writing your story in all capital letters? You should practice writing your book in regular sized letters and only capitalize the first letter.”

That was what I I did and I am grateful to him for the suggestion all my life. It really helped me find a better way to write my book.

But the real moment when I decided that I wanted to be a published author was when I met Susan Ednie, a psychology professor at Kingsborough Community College who helped me do a little editing. She asked me, “What do you want to do with this? If you want to publish it then I will help you do that? If not, and you are just doing it for yourself that is a whole other story.” I told her, after only a minute of thought that I want to publish my book and see my name in lights. That was the real moment when I knew I wanted to be an author.

I hope that you enjoyed this and there will be more questions and answers coming in my next post.

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

Author Interview:Within the House of Diana Rose’s Mind

My Dear Future Readers:

I have done a four question interview and answered some choice questions for you to read. I am adding the link to that post here if you did not have a chance to read my previous post. Author Interview: Who is Diana Rose

Also, I created a page on this blog to explain what these interview questions and answers are meant to accomplish. I I have put a like to that page here as well. You may read it if you want to familiarize yourselves with the meaning behind this. Author Interviews: Who Is Diana Rose

Here are more questions that I would like to answer for you.

  1. Describe an embarrassing moment for you.

The most embarrassing moment for me would probably be not even one. I used to fall a lot as a child and most of my embarrassing moments would have to be due to that.

But there was one in particular that did not happen while I fell down…I was walking down the stairs in high school and my sandal opened and one shoe fell off my foot and fell on a step below me. I was forced to go barefoot down the staircase and get my fallen sandal  from the staircase. It was a cold staircase but I made it down and put my sandal back on. I was embarrassed because even though very few people were watching, I felt like I was a failure because my shoe did not close correctly.

Another time was in the cafeteria when I was eating a hamburger and my retainer filled up with food and fell right into my mouth. I had to take it out of my mouth and clean it in front of everyone who was sitting at my table. They stared at me and I felt strange. I mean, wearing a retainer and getting your teeth straightened hurts enough without everyone watching your every move as you put it and ask your friend to help you.

2. How are you in the kitchen?

Me? The Kitchen? Yes, well……Let’s just say, I don’t burn the house down but I did burn my omelet a few times. I can probably do more than an omelet but that’s all I can do without anyone watching me. And yes, I do know how cut but I would rather do something with baking and mixing than cut something. Yes, I can make oatmeal but only with water, boiling milk or making soup is still a mystery to me. Yes, I know……I’m not the best cook in the world but I try. Other than that I ask for help.

3. What is the best thing you learned from your parents?

I learned a lot from my mother, my father….well….the only thing I learned from him was everything i know about computers and electronics.

Now, from my mother, I learned to never give up and that “there’s always tomorrow to try again.” It is the best thing I ever still apply to my life now. I am so determined and stubborn at times because I learned that giving up never got you anywhere. In life and in everything I do, I think that no matter what, I always can achieve the greatest heights because my mother taught me that everyone gets scared but not everyone goes forward despite the fear. The people who move on despite the fear are the ones who are brave.

That is the best lesson my mother ever taught me. I know now that it is okay to be scared but it is not okay to let the fear stop me from doing what I want.

4. Describe the dream house you have

My dream house…..Ah, the thing of dreams…….Of course I have a dream house. It is a house I have been building in my head for a long time now. I hope that once I have enough money I can buy it.

It is on a beach or close to the beach. It’s a three story house with veranda.  It has a large library like the one in Beauty and the Beast. A large ceiling high window and comfortable chair that is by the window so I sit and read.

Also, I want to be somewhere close to the beach and have a large balcony all around my house. I want comfortable soft chairs on the balcony so I can sit and look out at my garden and the ocean beyond that.

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That is what I imagine would be my veranda. I love an ocean view. But you know, I love flowers so I would probably have a garden in my house.  I think I might have a fountain outside. And I want to have summer house as well somewhere warm so I can take a vacation there.

Yes, I put a lot of thought into this.

I hope you enjoyed these answers. There are more questions coming with answers in my next blog post.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Interview: Who is Diana Rose

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to start answering some some questions for you and I hope that in answering these questions, I will help you get to know who I am. Author Interviews: Who Is Diana Rose

This is going to be a few posts in itself so I hope you enjoy.

1. Describe yourself:

Describing myself might have been hard to do before because I was a shy and insecure girl when I was growing up but now, I know who I am and it does not seem so hard. I am a kindhearted, sensitive (sometimes, a little too sensitive) person.  I am a very friendly person and I am always loyal to my friends. In fact, I would do anything to help a friend who needs me.

I tend to be stubborn at times. But my determination to succeed in what I am doing at the most admirable quality I have. I am very goal-oriented and if I set a goal for myself I will achieve it no matter what. For example, I had set a goal for myself to become healthier and I think that by working at it each day, I am slowly achieving that goal now.

Also, to give you another example, I was studying for my B.A in Psychology and I have recently graduated from Brooklyn College. I never gave up on my studies and even though it was hard to achieve my degree, my determination to succeed was greater. Now, I can say that I have rightfully earned my B.A. in Psychology.

2. If you could be any fictional character, why?

A fictional character…..I would like to be many fictional characters to be honest. Why? Because fictional characters have a happily ever after no matter what their life is like before the book ends.

In Disney’s movies, I would very much like to be Cinderella because sometimes no matter how hard I try, I feel like Cinderella before she met her Prince Charming. I feel like she had a hard life but no matter what she faced, she still got her dream of meeting her prince. She got to live in a castle and found true love no matter how hard her life seemed.

Also, I would like to be Jasmine from Aladdin because I have always wanted to travel and see the world. Being able to fly does not seem so bad either. And as far as Sleeping Beauty, being awoken by a kiss that belongs to my true love and get married is just perfect. True love’s kiss always fascinated me.

Now, in terms of books, I would like to be an heiress to the throne like in Danielle Steel’s novel HRH. Or someone with magical abilities like in Alyson Noel’s or Kristie Cook’s books. I had always imagined what it would be like to have love and be someone royal. Which is also why I write about royalty.

3. What are your hobbies?

My hobbies….I love to write which is also why I do it full-time now and it was my dream to get my writing out there into the world. I do a little macrame which is like sewing except without the needles and using different kinds of knots. Although, I don’t do that as often anymore. But what I I still continue to do is reading which is my favorite pastime of all. I have read so many books, I can’t count them all.

4. What did you want to be as a child?

As a child, I wanted to be a princess. At twelve years old I figured out that I wanted to be a writer. Being a writer was always a great passion for me. Other children wanted to be teachers, astronauts and firemen. I wanted to be a writer. My friends never understood that urge and they thought I was making it up. But, you know what? I do this full-time now and that has been my dream and only now I feel truly happy that I am doing something that I love full-time.

I have more answers and questions. I will post them in a few days. Please look for my next blog post with intriguing answers……

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

 

An Author Lesson #4: Dreams Are Work

My Dear Future Readers:

If you dream about doing something extraordinary in life. You need to know that BIG DREAMS take A LOT of work.

Now, I don’t just mean sitting there for one day and giving it your all. I mean, working at everyday. Nothing is going to happen in one day.

For the lack of great metaphors, “Rome was not built in a day.” So, everything needs to be worked on. Even writing takes time. Great writers don’t become great overnight. It is a process. Sometimes I need to relearn this lesson myself. I don’t consider myself a “great writer”or a “famous author” yet. Maybe I never will even if I do become famous.

Why?

The answer is simple, my dear future readers………

I am not starstruck by fame or money. I was always a hard worker and always will be. My dream is to write books that people will want to read and and want more. I want people to like my books and to get anything from it. Knowing that I changed someone’s mindset about love and made them see that true love is real is enough for me.

When you have big dreams and I mean dreams that you don’t give up on so easily…you tend to think in terms of “how I can make my dream a reality faster and better?”

Now that is a good question. Big dreams come true in different ways. You choose your own way.

Let me tell you, “THERE IS NO FASTER WAY FOR ANYTHING!”  You have to work hard for what you get in return. It may seem like you are doing things for nothing. But your efforts do pay off.

Big dreams take lots of effort and if you don’t stop you will get what you want. The key is patience.

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

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

Diana Rose Author Page

YA Fantasy Romance PUBLISHED Author