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Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Spotlight: Cindi Myers

New Years Writing Resolutions

1. Write every day


When I'm working on a book I try to write on it every week day, but generally take weekends off. Some days writing even every weekday is a real challenge. Life gets so hectic I sometimes don't have time to squeeze in writing.

Last year I hit upon a solution to the time crunch problem. I heard a talk by Eric Maisel in which he suggested writing before you even get out of bed in the morning — before all the other distractions of life claim your attention and time.

I decided to give it a try. The first Monday in January, 2009, I had my husband wake me at 6:30 when he left for work. He brings me a cup of tea and I grab the Alpha Smart I keep on the nightstand and start writing. Most mornings I work until 8. In that time I can get a surprising amount written. At 8 I get up and begin tackling everything else I have to do that day. Some days I get back to the writing later in the day. Some days I don't. But even if I don't, I know I've at least written something that day.

What are your methods for making room for writing every day?


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THE FATHER FOR HER SON
Harlequin Superromance
January 2010
Life hasn't been easy for single mom Marlee Britton, but she's proud of her ability to look after herself and her son. Then old flame Troy Denton shows up after seven years, wanting to be a father to his son. and to rekindle his relationship with Marlee. While Troy struggles to prove himself trustworthy, Marlee wonders how she can ever give her heart to the man who broke it so long ago.

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"MELTING POINT" in BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
with Jennifer Greene and Merline Lovelace
Harlequin Anthology
January 2010
Kristjan Gunnarson is Iceland's first ever Olympic medalist. Coloradoan Stacy Bristol thinks he'll be the perfect model for her new advertising campaign, but she isn't prepared for the impact handsome Kristjan has on her. As she supervises filming around Iceland, Stacy fights her attraction to Kristjan. Can a down-to-business American and a footloose Icelander find love in the land of ice and fire?

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Cindi Myers became one of the most popular people in eighth grade when she and her best friend wrote and illustrated their own historical romance novel. The manuscript was eventually confiscated by her English teacher, who told her she should spend her time learning to properly conjugate a sentence. Since then, Cindi has gone on to write more than three dozen novels, both historical and contemporary. She also teaches writing and is a popular speaker and workshop presenter. She produces a weekly market newsletter at http://www.cindimyersmarketnews.wordpress.com Visit her website at http://www.CindiMyers.com
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4 comments:

Lisa said...

Good advice, Cindi! It's hard to find the time, so your strategy sounds like a good one. Thanks for your post.

cheryl c said...

I admire you for making yourself get up early to write. I think my mind would be too fuzzy to think!

Cindi Myers said...

The key is to have that coffee or tea right there.

The first week or so was hard, but now I'm used to it.

robynl said...

so good if it works for you and it seems to have(getting up early to write).