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Darlene W.


Cleveland, OH
Hometown: Cleveland

Member since:

July 5, 2012


Thanks for joining! What brings you to our group?

I want to learn the process of writing, meet with like-minded people, learn the best way to become published. I want to be able to share what I write & recieve constructive critiquing. I have two different ideas for books that I have started. I also always have many ideas running around my head for short magazine articles but I just haven't pushed myself out there. There have recently been many windows of opportunity opening up to me that I can no longer ignore. The time for me to become active is now. I loved my attendance at the the July 3rd meeting. I was fascinated by the wide varieity of people & genres that were presented. I don't know what I thought other writers would be like but I found that they were just like me, just everyday people. I know that I will learn practicle information, recieve the stimulation that I need to write, & support in the different areas of publishing, graphics, & new friends.

What would you like to accomplish in your writing each month?

Progression in my writing. Learning that rejection is the route to learning & stamina to continue to do what I love with my writing. I want to learn to focus on one thing at a time & complete the writing. I have been a multitasker for so long that it is difficult to finish any one thing. My desire is to be able to present progressive writings for one of my books each month & learn what is needed to get this work completed & into the hands of people who need my expertise. I often think outside of the box where I find many people just scratching their heads to figure out how I have come to my conclusions. I am a forward thinking person. So having to write something each month will keep me on track in the present & keep me moving forward to a new future in writing.

What is, or are the things that hold you back from your writing goals? Would consider taking courses to improve your writing skills, or increase your chances of being published?

Procrastination is a terrible thing. I also have a heavy work schedule that I am now decreasing so I will have more time to devote to writing. I often will awake with the most amazing stories in my head but then I rushing to get off to work or some appointment somewhere. A fear of continual rejection is another thing that holds me back. I know the world of writing is very competitive. I believe that I have a special nitch. I need that kick in the pants to move forward & be able to risk the rejection knowing that it is okay. I also need to learn the organization of how to formulate my writing. Do I have to have the chapter titles first then write the chapter or do I write the chapter itself first then the title? I feel that I am close to my goals & with the help of this group I will accomplish my goals to be a published writer.

What do you write, when you write? Fiction, non-fiction? Genre? Where in a book store would you books land?

My first book for widows/widowers is a practical "help" book. It will be the things people never tell ahead of time or you find out yourself the hard way. My second book is more of a science fiction, hero, action genre. My first book would probably land in the "help yourself" section. My second book would land in the science fiction aisles. I would also like to write magazine or newpaper articles on the importance of breastfeeding to the survival of the human race. I am working on my private lactation business website where I want to start a blog to get women & healthcare professionals talking about the positivity of breastfeeding to weed out the negatvity of breastfeeding.

Are you published? Have you published? Do you want to publish? Have you considered Self-Publishing?

In the past I have written two articles for the hospital nurses' network newsletter. I have also written three different types of patient information sheets that of in use now. I will be writing an information piece to go in the Hillcrest Nurses' newsletter & the Mother/Baby newsletter regarding breastfeeding techniques. I want to have my books & articles published when I finish writing them. Yes, I have considered self-publishing. these are the areas where I need help.


I'm a registered nurse working as the Outpatient Lactation Consultant for University Hospital. My specialty alllows me to meet a variety of people of all races, creeds, colors, & nationalities. My desire is to share my stories of life with others.

What Darlene W. is saying about this Meetup Group

Always very informative about all aspects of writing.

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