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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Spotlight: Cindi Myers

New Years Writing Resolutions

2. Turn off the internal editor

Sometimes, there's a tape playing in my head. The tape is of a stern, critical voice saying things like "These characters are so stupid. Why would anyone what to read this?" or "Are you sure that dialogue is right? Maybe you should take it out and start over" or "This book is awful. You should give up now."

Listening to that voice is the biggest mistake a writer can make. That voice undermines every bit of creativity and paralyzes you. You become so afraid of making a mistake and so full of self-doubt you can't write at all.

When creating a rough draft, I work hard to turn off that voice. I need to banish her from the house as I face that blank page and the daunting task of writing an entire book.

Later, when I'm polishing the book, I can let a kinder, gentler version of that voice in to point out grammar errors and urge me to beef up weak plot points or strengthen my characterization. But early on, I have to shut all those voices out and allow myself to fill the pages with whatever seems to work at the time.

Do you have any good strategies for dealing with that internal critic?

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.

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?


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 Visit her website at


Lisa said...

Wow, that internal editor is mean sometimes!

Another great post!

robynl said...

yikes, for sure you shouldn't listen to the inner editor. I like the softer voice better.

Cindi Myers said...

Thanks! Yes, those inner editors can be mean!