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Challenges of the Writing Life and How I Overcome Them by @ccattuti | One Woman's Journey From Sicily to America Book Tour and $50 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #Historical #WomensFiction

                              The One Woman's Journey From Sicily to America  Series  by Carmela Cattuti is on a virtual book tour. The ...


The One Woman's Journey From Sicily to America Series by Carmela Cattuti is on a virtual book tour.

The historical women's fiction stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $50 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Challenges of the writing life and how I overcome them

Committing to writing a book is no small task. Many writers begin manuscripts but unfortunately do not finish the novel or work of non-fiction. From my experience, the biggest challenge is not honoring and embracing my organic writing process. Often, we don’t recognize our unique process of creating.  I come up against this time and time again. Not every writer’s process is the same. Some writers are sprinters and others are long distance runners. 


I once had a writing instructor who said that writing four pages every day should be the goal. I tried this and it worked for me up to a point. When it came to my second novel, I wrote four pages a day five days a week. I found that I needed a few days off to recharge and evaluate how the novel was progressing. Writing four pages daily takes me about four hours, but it may take some writers three hours or six. Some authors take frequent breaks, others work straight through. After an hour of writing, I often take a break.

Some writers write five hours daily regardless of how many pages they’ve written. It is advisable to set a goal of time, pages, or words. Set a goal that is concrete. If you wait for inspiration to strike, the waiting will turn into procrastination and you will not be productive. You need to set parameters when you write so you are guaranteed something on paper. Writing when you feel inspired is impractical and will leave you frustrated.


What ever shows up for you regarding your process embrace it, but it needs to be contained in a structure. That structure is setting a goal and meeting it whenever you sit down to write. A writer’s process should be the inspiration to creating. As writers we need to fall in love with our practice, whatever that is. If you are feeling distracted recognize the distraction and continue with your writing. If you push the distraction away and tell yourself, it is a block to your creative practice then it will come back stronger and over-take you. So, something that appears to be a negative can be a positive to your practice.


If you have no alternative than write is a space that is active and noisy then it needs to be part of your process and should not interfere with your goals. If you struggle with the fact that you don’t have a private quiet space and miss the opportunity to meet your goals, then you will interrupt your practice and feel defeated. Sometimes we have setbacks in terms of character or dialogue development and that is also part of our process.


As writers, we must accept that we will have moments when clarity eludes us. At these times, we need to dig deep and realize this is also part of our practice and it is there to teach us something. Maybe the confusion is there so we’ll reassess our book’s direction, or we need to slow down or clarify a character’s motivation. Whenever we sit down to write, whatever comes up is part of our practice and we need to recognize it and see how it can support our creative process.


So, as writers, the most constant challenge is internal and facing our critical mind. The way out is by befriending our unique writing process. When we do this the blockages to our creativity melt away and clarity will spread over our manuscript light sunlight after a storm.

Between the Cracks
One Woman's Journey From Sicily to America Book 1
by Carmela Cattuti
Genre: Historical Women's Fiction

Join Angela Lanza as she experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mt. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows, then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S. This novel is an invitation to accompany the young Angela as she confronts the ephemeral nature of life on this planet and navigates the wide cultural gaps between pre-World War II Italy and the booming prosperity of dynamic young America.

Author, artist, and teacher Carmela Cattuti created Between the Cracks as an homage to her great-aunt, who survived the earthquake and eruption of Mt. Etna and bravely left Sicily to start a new life in America.

The Ascent
One Woman's Journey From Sicily to America Book 2

The sequel to Carmela Cattuti's first novel, Between the Cracks,, this story invites the reader to accompany Angela Lanza as she builds her life in America during the first half of the 20th century. A Sicilian immigrant, she manages to assimilate into the social life of a small town outside of New York City. Through the horrors of war, domestic tragedy, and raising her sister-in-law's children, hers is a successful immigrant experience. Angela seeks to transcend organized religion and develop her spirituality. She influenced three generations of Americans through her artistic sensibility and a sharpened intuition. The book parallels America's growth with Angela's growing sense of who she is in the world.

Carmela Cattuti started her writing career as a journalist for the Somerville News in Boston, MA. After she finished her graduate work in English Literature from Boston College she began to write creatively and taught a journal writing course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education As fate would have it, she felt compelled to write her great aunt's story. “Between the Cracks” has gone through several incarnations and will now become a trilogy. The second book is "The Ascent."

The third book will be released in early 2021.

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

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  1. These both look and sound like really great books.😀

  2. Best of luck with the books and book tour! I included the tour in the Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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