Patty Civalleri, Author
Archaeology, Art | Art History, BLOG, Italy, Writing

The Secret to Writing

RESOLUTION: I WILL WRITE AND PUBLISH 2 BOOKS THIS YEAR – but HOW?

People often ask me how I manage to get any writing done with this crazy lifestyle of mine. It’s easy. I just sit down and write. I don’t think about it, I don’t put pressure on it. I just sit down and write. 

Many folks have told me they would LOVE to write a book, but they don’t know how to get started, or how to fit it in. But I guess I see it backward: I am constantly trying to figure out how to fit my crazy life into my writing time. Odd, I know.

I wasn’t born a writer, or perhaps I was. My 92-year-old Dad was a writer and still is. My 28-year-old son is a writing fiend. So I suppose that writing was supposed to come naturally to me as well. 

I was born with nothing

But I am one of those people that nothing came naturally to, so I overcompensated by over-learning everything until each thing became natural. Like playing classical piano, or singing, or cooking, or sailing, or photography, or graphic design, or computer technology, or science, or photoshop, or biology, or archaeology, or history, or or or…

Crazy is what crazy does

I have incorporated most all of these things (and many more) into my normal life’s flow. For example, I have served on the Director’s Council of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA for 17 years, I have built over 250 websites for just as many clients, I have taught Photoshop, I have photographed the darkest corners of our ancient world for nearly two decades, and I am the Commodore of a boating club. Periodically, I perform random acts of Public Relations for myself and others. I have a family, a dog, and three elderly senior loved ones that need consistent love and attention. I published a book last year that needs daily marketing or it dies. I love to travel, so I do. I was away from my home a total of five months during 2017. So yeah, I have a bit of a crazy lifestyle.

Fall in Love

With all of this going on, what keeps me motivated to write? That’s easy. I love the subject. Last year, I published a book about a city that I had unexpectedly fallen in love with: Florence, Italy. This year, I fell in love with the city of Venice. Trips to Italy and research for these books has made me fall in love with Renaissance Art History. These topics and images roll around in my head 24 hours a day. I dream about them, I hear their whispers, I see their images reflected in my morning coffee, I simply can’t stop thinking about them. Clearly, I am in love. And when you are in love, nothing can stand in your way.

This must be the secret to writing: let yourself fall hopelessly and madly in love with your topic, and it will write itself. The words will flow with consistent grace from your keyboard; the ideas will flourish in your mind’s eye and it will all happen with an ease and a style that will invoke envy in all who peer into your office. Well, maybe that, plus some serious research and some much-needed elbow grease!

Just fall in love.
Happy writing, Patty

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BLOG, Italy, Travel

What are some lesser-known sights to see when visiting Florence, Italy?

 Note: I wrote this to answer the question in the Quora.com website.

The answer to this question depends upon your personal interests, so I’ll throw out a few of my own favs.

A fantastic place from which to see the sunset over the city: Piazzale Michelangelo. You can either walk up to it, or take a local bus, but bring a picnic and enjoy the end of the day. One of the 2 full-sized copies of Michelangelo’s “David” stands overlooking the sunset as well.

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Patty Civalleri, Author
BLOG, Writing

Patty Civalleri Interview with Fiverr

Historian, photographer and new author Patty Civalleri launches a new kind of Travel Guide, “FLORENCE: A Traveler’s Guide to its Gems & Giants.” Designed to take you a step deeper into your trip to Florence, Italy, Civalleri has created it as a set of four products: a Paperback Book, an EBOOK, a FunBook, and an APP. No city and no author in the world offers these kinds of travel tools. FIVERR.com wants to know more.

Q1. Why are you interested in Deep Travel?

A1. As a writer and photographer, I have traveled for 17 years to ancient archaeological dig sites with some of the foremost archaeologists in the world. In every city, I have

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Art | Art History, BLOG, History, Italy, Travel

10 Fun Things You Should Know About the Florence Renaissance

Sure. We all know the names: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, Dante, Raphael, Galileo, the Medici, Machiavelli, Donatello, and many more.  But did you know that they were all from the city of Florence? And did you know that most of these guys actually knew other?

There are so many fun things about that period of time that will tickle your fancy so much, that once you know them, you’ll want to hop on a plane and go to Florence. Tomorrow morning.

There are so many interesting facts that I wrote a whole book about them. But for this post, I’ll stick to the first 10 quickies that pop into my head as I write this. You can find the book right here on Amazon.

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BLOG

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Surprisingly, I am often asked about this obscure and unimportant topic: Lorem Ipsum. What is it? Where did it come from? And why is it used so much? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text used by the printing and typesetting industry. It was later adopted by software and website developers, for that matter, all of the graphic design industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry standard dummy text ever since the 1500s when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularized in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

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BLOG, Writing

Our Thirst for Micro Content

In the 1950’s “Cliff Notes” became available by Cliff Hillegass to give students a quick-and-easy way to get familiarized with a book or topic. In the early 1990’s “DOS for Dummies” burst onto the scene to fill a much-needed gap in consumer-friendly materials for up-and-coming programmers. Its expansion into a wide variety of topics catapulted the concept into the mainstream’s go-to vehicle for easy learning on a moment’s notice.

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BLOG, Writing

The Road to Literary Awareness

Everyone knows the rules. There are thousands of books and website, blogs and tweets about how to get your first book published. All of the rules are the same:

  1. Research the Agents who work in your genre
  2. Formulate a Query Letter and an Intro. The Query must be no more than 500 words, and it must contain 3 paragraphs:

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BLOG, Writing

Today I Received My First Literary Rejection

Getting a book published for the first time is not for the anemic.

For the trillionth time, I find myself sitting at my desk, stuck. With an extensive list of to-do’s arranged by alphabet, category, and time allotted for completion, one would think that it would be difficult for a person to get stuck.

But stuck I am.

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