Mar 25, 2021
Trusting Your Inner
Creative with Diana Biller
Are you looking for a creative
passion? Or do you have one that you wish to pursue? In today’s
fast-paced world, people often forget to make time for or pursue
their creative passions and hobbies. However, it pays to immerse
yourself in the creative world, whether it’s for relaxation and
unwinding or you want to turn it into your career!
In today's episode, author Diana
Biller joins us to talk about her journey to pursue her passion for
writing. She shares the different challenges she needed to overcome
and the ways she kept herself disciplined and productive. We also
talk about some practical writing tips for aspiring
If you want to be inspired to
explore and pursue your creative side, then this episode is for
Here are three reasons why you should listen to the
- Understand the different challenges you may
face when pursuing any creative work.
- Discover some practices to help in your
- Learn to love and give yourself empathy,
especially when things are difficult.
- Diana went to law school at
- She observes that many writers went to law
school because it’s a good way to monetize their writing
- Law school was an amazing experience for
- During her second year of law school, Diana
realized that she didn’t have the talent to be a
How Diana Started Taking Her Writing
- Tim, Diana’s husband, got his dream job in
- This event pushed her to take her writing more
- This period was also when she made a writing
- Diana’s first two books were terrible. But she
wrote them, set them aside, and moved on to write the next
- Diana’s third book got published in
The Importance of Support
- Diana shares that she had a period where she
did freelance writing in addition to writing her
- Her husband told her to take six months off to
focus on her writing properly.
- Having a successful art career involves
receiving support from your family or spouse.
- Diana admits that without this kind of support,
her book would have taken many more years to finish.
The Beauty of the Romance Genre
- Romance novels are about healing, hope, and
- These types of novels also have deep character
work, and so you get to know characters well.
- Listen to the full episode to know why Diana’s
enjoyed My Beautiful
Get a Life, Chloe
The Standards of Traditional Publishing
- Traditional publishing is slow. It’s common to
see books on shelves that have been written two to three years
- Diana’s book was signed in 2017, but it didn’t
get out until 2019.
- However, a huge benefit of traditional
publishing is the presence of a professional team.
- In some ways, you will lose autonomy. The
writer isn’t the only one making decisions.
- Remember that the team’s job is to market and
sell your book.
How to Know if Your Work is Ready to be
- You need to learn to be your quality
- If you think a work is good, then it doesn’t
matter what others think about it.
- Be grounded in awareness of your own
- Diana shares that she sent queries to people
that she wanted to work with.
- Six months later, Diana received an email from
Diana’s Writing Process
- As an active author, Diana is juggling multiple
- Diana makes use of candle scents to switch to
- She also uses music depending on the emotion
that she’s going for.
- Because Diana does historical romance, she
researches a lot. She also likes to go to the place to get a
feeling of the environment.
- Curious about Diana’s upcoming book? She gives
a little sneak peek in the full episode.
Diana’s Love for Writing
- Writing isn’t actively joyous for
- But she’s most herself, and she feels whole,
when she’s writing.
- For her, this is love.
Some Writing Practices
- Rather than word count goals, Diana shares that
she prefers having time goals.
- She concentrates for 25 minutes then takes a
- Remember to take a break and let your mind rest
from intensive work.
- Diana does a couple of hours of intense
- She then switches to other activities such as
On the Most Challenging Thing
- Diana shares that the most challenging thing is
that you’re writing alone.
- With this comes a lot of
- Choose to create for yourself and put yourself
out in the world.
- Your first draft will be terrible, but it needs
to be terrible in a way that’s true to you.
- Diana needs physical space.
- Having even just a corner that is solely for
yourself is important for creative work.
- You are the first person there for
- Give yourself love and
- We often try to look for love in others, but we
need to learn to give ourselves love as well.
- Community and relationships are important; lean
on them when you need them. But remember that you can help yourself
5 Powerful Quotes from the Episode
“I love romance novels because
they are about healing, pretty much always they are about healing,
hope, and finding joy. They also are for me pretty much as a genre
that consistently delivers really deep character work.”
“I believe that one of the most
important things that you can do for creative work is to really
develop your own internal meter, know what you think is good. And
if you think it is good, then it doesn't really matter what other
“What I know so surely is that
when I'm not writing, I don't feel whole. I don't feel like my best
self, like my fullest self. So when I have that practice of sitting
down every day and working, that is when I am most Diana. I think
that is love. It's just love. It's very deep and so integral to
myself that it's hard to express easily.”
“I think of it as arrogance, but
in a good way. You have to say, ‘Yeah, I think what I'm saying is
worth listening to.’”
“When you have a problem, give
yourself that love and that empathy... I think a lot of times we're
looking for it from other people.”
Diana Biller is
the author of
The Widow of Rose House, her debut novel. She also has two books set
for release this 2021.
Spark comes out on
May 4, while
The Brightest Star in
Paris comes out on
Diana graduated law at Cornell
University. But she has always loved reading and imagining worlds
and scenarios in her head — now she makes them come to life with
her books! When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking, watching and
attending ballet classes, snuggling with her pets, and
Curious about Diana’s work? You
can learn more on her website.
You can also reach out to Diana
on Twitter and Instagram.
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