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Donna F.


Lakewood, OH

Member since:

December 30, 2012

Thanks for joining! What brings you to our group?

I have four novels in various editing stages and feel feedback would be helpful. The people in my professional circles do not have the passion toward writing that I do. Writing defines me, and I would like to associate with others who feel the same way. Being with other writers will help validate my efforts and reduce the sense of isolation that I experience as a writer.

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

My writing goal is to improve both my nonfiction and fiction. I write regularly but have little opportunity to receive criticism. My ultimate goal is for publication in appropriate venues. An immediate goal is to prepare position papers that challenge the current trends in educational policy. The teacher in me is motivated to speak with other writers about their writing processes. The books I've read on writing suggest multiple approaches to writing - these books are often authored by academics who limit their writing to professional publications and are not necessarily experts on anything other than the theory of writing.

What is, or are the things that hold you back from your writing goals? When you write, do you write fiction, non-fiction? What categories does your writing land?

I am poorly motivated when it comes to submitting/marketing my work! I am struggling with a query letter for my fiction, and an more informal or conversational tone for my nonfiction. I hope to learn how to better represent my work and how to develop a platform. The largest obstacle I face is knowing when to call it quits on editing. I feel I can always improve a passage or chapter. I am fine with consistent detail but continually try for perfection in all of the other aspects of fiction. I wonder if some chapters have too much dialogue and others not enough. While I've looked at what's selling and what I like for guidance, I question my objectivity when critiquing my own work.

As a condition of acceptance, to help Member Authors, are you willingto purchase one Member Title a month from Amazon, read it and review it? Yes or No?

I write fiction in two genres - mystery and romance (I'm sure there's a connection somewhere). I have two mysteries in an editing stage that seems to be taking forever! The second book is a sequel to the first. The protagonists are a detective/teacher couple. The romances are more random and potentially for the Harlequin-type audience. Both genres have adult content and reflect my professional experience and/or extensive research (internet and interviews). The first piece of nonfiction I sold was about work-sharing. Now my nonfiction pertains to issues in education. Two articles were about writing as therapy for secondary students and one was a synopsis of my dissertation. I short blurbs about topics in education or strategies. I am racing to write a short article on educational leadership - applying Senge's fifth discipline to education. After training two student teachers, I have toyed with the idea of writing a book entitled "Teaching High School English in the 21st Century".

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

My work has appeared in two peer-reviewed academic journals, conference proceedings, and a few professional periodicals. I love seeing my work published! I have considered self-publishing after I exhaust more traditional routes.


Hi! To date, my published writing has been academic, but I would LOVE to give and receive feedback on fiction. I spend my days teaching English at Cleveland Heights High and evenings teaching at Lakeland Community College.

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