May 24, 2020

When a writer finishes the first draft of a novel the editing task ahead can feel daunting. The first edit is traditionally done by the author so that he or she can send a cleaner manuscript to a professional editor. Is that first edit connected to the creative pr...

August 21, 2019

Greetings Readers,

Writing is a challenging and frustrating activity. It is creative, but sometimes it is difficult to show up at the computer every day. The most onerous part of writing is letting go of the extraneous paragraph or pages; if they don't move the story fo...

February 11, 2019

Greetings All,

My new novel, The Ascent, will be published on May 1. It is a continuation of my book Between the Cracks: one woman's journey from Sicily to America. Many of the themes examined in the first novel are developed and explored in depth in The Ascent. For tho...

March 13, 2017

By Carmela Cattuti, author of Between the Cracks: one woman’s journey from Sicily to America

There are countless differences between organized religion and the true spiritual seeker. In this brief article, I will highlight what I feel are the major distinctions. Every o...

February 20, 2017

 While writing fiction is challenging and often confusing it is also rewarding in ways that are difficult to express. Our language truncates the depth of emotion the writer strives to communicate regardless of a vast vocabulary or grammatical proficiency. Writing ficti...

January 2, 2017

As I begin the rewrite of the first draft of my second novel I am discovering that creating takes on a new meaning. There is more doubt in the first draft, more stop and go. As I begin the journey of writing the second draft I am more confident in what I need to keep a...

December 12, 2016

            There are many ways to increase and tap into creativity. I am listing five that have consistently worked for me over the years. I do not differentiate the energy between creating art, yoga, and writing. They all spring from the same source. For example, I a...

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