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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday Spotlight: Cindi Myers

New Years Writing Resolutions

3. Exercise More

What does exercise have to do with writing, you ask? Quite a lot, it turns out. Healthy writers are better writers. Exercising increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, which has to help creativity, right?

Exercise also increases stamina, helping the body stand up to long hours at the keyboard. For all that it's a sedentary occupation, writing is fraught with possibilities for injury. I don't know any veteran writing who hasn't suffered with neck, back, shoulder, elbow and wrist problems. Stretching, weight training and generally being in better shape can help beat these demons to productivity.

I'd also add mental exercise to that list. This year, vow to make room in your life to let your imagination run free. Spend time journaling or listening to music or doing some craft project and let your mind wander. Make time to visit a museum, have a picnic in the park or see a concert of play. Refill the well of the imagination.

Exercising both the mind and the body will make you a better writer this year.

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


Dena said...

Wonderful advice for everyone Cindi.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindi,

I think you're right. We need physical and mental exercise. I loved your ideas.

robynl said...

I know exercise is good for you; to bad it's so hard to get into a routine, lol.

Cindi Myers said...

Robyn -- get a dog. I promise you they won't let you settle down until they've had their exercise.

If that isn't possible, sign up for a regular class or make a commitment to a friend. And find something you like to do -- nothing's worse than an exercise you hate.