There are many things you can write about. You don't have to start with a novel. Start small. Practice, learn, and grow as a writer. It takes patience, perseverance and passion. Patience is hard for me. I want things now. I started writing some of my books years ago. I'm glad I had the patience to work on them until I was satisfied and happy with the finished product.
I started out writing picture books and poems. They were my first love. I eventually started writing longer works. I didn't know I had it in me but I did. I've written two middle grade books (one yet to be published) and two novels. I am now working on my third novel.
I was recently at a book signing at our local library and met a young girl who loved to read and write. She was the sweetest girl and said she had just started 8th grade. She purchased my MG book, Duck and Cover, and was excited about reading it. She asked us about our writing journey and said she has entered writing contests before, but hadn't won any yet. We told her to keep writing and to keep entering. Writing is something that gets better with practice. The more you write, the more you learn and the better you get.
A number of years back my youngest son said that if you were a good writer, you shouldn't have to go back and make changes all the time. I said, "No, that is not the case". Editing is the process of making your writing better. All authors, even the big name ones, do a lot of editing. That's what makes a good story great.
I've been writing a new book, which will soon be available on Amazon. It is the 2nd in a series. If you like Appalachian fiction, I think you will enjoy these two books. The first one being, Where the Stars Grant Wishes. You can click here and check out by books on my Amazon page.
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Abbe Wichman is a food and drink writer based in Westchester, NY. A contributor to Westchester Magazine and HuffPost, her writing has also been featured in Spoonful and a number of Edible publications. She especially loves to profile the passionate people in food and drink. Follow her on Instagram @abbewichman and on Twitter @abbe_wichman.
A Canadian based in Oakland, Alec Scott writes on food and spirits, arts and travel, business and tech. A selection of his pieces for outlets including the Guardian, Sunset, Cheese Professor, Wine Enthusiast and the Los Angeles Times are collected at his site, www.alecscott.com. He has taught writing at Stanford, and has a novel, Until It Shimmers, coming out in 2022. His favorite drink is a gin martini, dry with a twist.
Andrew McFetridge is an NYC-based Certified Sommelier, Spanish and French Wine Scholar, and self-described wine nerd. Andrew graduated from The University of North Florida where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Andrew is also an ambassador for DO Cava and has had his writing featured in SommJournal Magazine. He enjoys music, world travel, sending postcards, and brand new notebooks.
Andy Smith is a freelance writer, copywriter and editor based in New York. He writes about entertainment, politics, travel and miscellaneous topics that capture his short attention span. He seldom (okay, never) blogs for himself but lots of his 20+ years of writing samples can be found at www.andymsmith.com.
Bernard Kenner is a freelance wine educator and writer. His interests are eclectic, becoming adept in wines from all over the globe, including Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Soviet Georgia, Mexico, Canada, Croatia, Lebanon, Israel, France, Germany, as well as many of the wine growing regions within the United States. When he finds something interesting to share with the world, his occasional writings can be found on isantemagazine.com, quiniwine.com and other outlets.In addition to writing, he happily hosts wine themed events such as bridal showers, birthday parties, industry and private tasting events, wine dinners and corporate team building sessions.
Bill McMahon is a freelance writer, copywriter and content producer. He is the author of several published secondary level textbooks and teaching guides, as well as email copy, promotional materials, online content, blogs, and business communications. He is also a published and produced playwright, as well as a screenwriter. His sitcom pilot is in development with Kierstead Productions, and you can find more of his writing on his website www.storytellingcontent.com.
Carrie Dykes is a Hudson Valley-based journalist covering wine, food, travel, and everything in between. She has bylines in Wine Enthusiast, SOMM TV, Lonely Planet, and AFAR among others. In addition to writing, she also serves as a wine judge for several highly-regarded international competitions. In her downtime, she is usually finding treasures in thrift stores and forest floors.
Cha Cababaro is a freelance creative who manages websites and creates content for different international brands across various industries. Currently, her day is made up of 60% parenting, 20% writing for Jet Gift Baskets (which has a professionally curated wine collection), 10% shuffling her Discover Weekly on Spotify, and 10% spacing out.
Danielle loves sipping on the perfect beverage whilst exploring and reviewing both its characteristics as well as its image. With numerous articles covering various product genres, her love of journalism and branding has transformed into her profession. With a degree in creative writing, a course at The London School of Journalism, and a desire to lose herself in words and dare one say it- alcohol, Danielle is one happy, creative and beverage passionate woman.Find her on Linkedin at -macdonald-94991ba4/
Chicago native Dorothy Hernandez is an editor and writer who is eating and drinking her way through her adopted home of Detroit. She has written for numerous online and print publications, including the Chicago Tribune's RedEye edition, The Detroit News and patch.com. Her love of exploring the best food and drink a city has to offer led her to co-found Epic Brew Tours, which specializes in craft brewery tours in Michigan.facebook.com/epicbrewtourstwitter.com/epicbrewtoursConnect with her on Twitter at @lennie7vk.
Francine Cohen is Editor in Chief of www.insidefandb.com, a regular contributor to Beverage Industry News and www.hotelinteractive.com and a hospitality and spirits industry consultant. She splits her time between developing successful brand marketing strategies and writing about the business of the f&b and hotel industries. Based in NYC, but happy to continue to travel the world, she has an appetite for great food and drink. Especially cheese. And snails.
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Hannah Walhout is a writer, editor, and eater in New York City. When she isn't busy writing, she enjoys cooking, eating shawarma, traveling, and wondering whether or not the obscure beverages she buys during her travels will be confiscated at the border. Follow her on Instagram at @lunchtime_somewhere.
Hollie Stephens is an award-winning freelance writer originally from London and currently based in New Mexico. Her writing has appeared in VinePair, Pellicle, Hop Culture, and other publications. View more bylines at holliestephens.com, and follow her on Twitter @GlobeHops
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Kaya Johnson is a professional interpreter from Yorkshire, UK, who is fond of writing and traveling. She enjoys sharing articles on various topics and dreams of writing a bestseller one day. She hosts this website.
Kevin Gibson is a Louisville, Ky.-based writer who writes about breweries, restaurants and the great city he calls home. He loves the Green Bay Packers, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono (pissed her off a little, too). He also is author of "Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft" and other books, and plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies. When he isn't running around town chasing stories or poised at his trusty laptop writing, you can often find him at one of the local breweries or chilling on his couch with his trusty sidekick Atticus. Check out KevinGibsonWriter.com to find out more about his books and why he does what he does, or feel free to call him names on Twitter: @kgramone.
M. T. Eley is an Ohio-born writer currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work is featured in The Bold Italic, Gilbert!, USA Today, The Columbus Dispatch alongside other outlets. Alongside writing, he enjoys old fashioneds, old books and old souls. You can follow his perpetual 20th-century existence on Instagram @MTEley and Twitter @M_T_Eley.
Mark Marnell, is a semi-retired Chemist who left the corporate life for a far more rewarding endeavor, Beer Journalism. As a Freelance Writer, Hudson Valley NY Craft Beer Columnist and Beer Blogger, he is discovering the rest of his life, one sip at a time. When not writing about beer or drinking it, he is selling his first ever Craft Beer Crossword Puzzle Book. His motto is Cheers, Beers and New Frontiers! Catch him on Twitter at @MarnellBeer or on his website at www.marnellbeer.com. 2b1af7f3a8