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Please welcome today’s Featured author Mayra Calvani to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Luthier’s Apprentice Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, please enjoy a fantastic guest post on “The Greatest Challenge when Writing a Book” and enter for your chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

 

 

 

 
Guest Post and Giveaway: The Luthier’s Apprentice by Mayra Calvani
Title: The Luthier's Apprentice
Author: Mayra Calvani
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Date: 5/15/2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Pages: 184
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Grab It: Amazon

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma's family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier's apprentice…


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Post: “The Greatest Challenge when Writing a Book,” by Mayra Calvani


 

 
To me, the greatest challenge when writing a book is keeping focused and not procrastinate. Keeping confident throughout the process and, like Steven Pressfield says in his fantastic book, Do the Work, “trusting the soup.”

 
Every book that I’ve written has been hard to write. Though writing is my life and, in a way, like breathing, I have a love & hate relationship with it. First of all, the mechanics of the craft are always a challenge: constructing the plot, creating the characters, balancing all the elements, i.e. description, dialogue, narrative, symbolic imagery, sub-text, etc. Then there’s the word choice and the agonizing over verbs, adjectives, adverbs.
 
Besides this, there’s the emotional aspect of the journey: struggling with the inner critic, bouts of self-doubt, writer’s block, irritability over not writing, dealing with negative criticism, remorse due to sacrificing time with family and friends, spending hours, days, months, years sitting at the computer without any assurance that the book will be read by enough people or earn enough money to make all that time worthwhile.

 
But as writers, we are artists, and the artist’s soul is an interesting, compulsive animal. Writing is our vocation, our drug, and we must have a regular fix or go insane.

 
At the end, after a good writing day which may happen while still experiencing all of the above, I’m sweetly exhausted and at peace.
Three things that have had a pivotal influence on my journey are:
 
The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.
 
Keeping myself accountable and organized.
 
Focusing on the little, non-threatening steps instead of the end result. That is, thinking, “Okay, now I’m going to sit down with my novel for 90 minutes” instead of “I have to write a 400-page novel.”

 
When you take small steps toward your goal each day, you don’t freeze and the end result takes care of itself at its perfect time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Mayra Calvani

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Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium.

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  • Crystal Gethicker

    Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  • http://www.literarysweet.com/ Heather Capewell

    Procrastination is something most of us can relate to no matter where or why ;) I procrastinate over reading a book (silly I know), but this is especially true if it’s in a series I’ve followed. I have to know what happens next, but I’m also terrified for it to end ;)

  • Mayra Calvani

    Thanks for supporting my work, Diayll!