Monday, July 21, 2008

MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATORS: Slay Your Creativity Dragons

By CJ Lyons and Margie Lawson


Optimize getting into your writing zone by selecting an activity to do before every writing session. You will prep your unconscious to get into the zone.

Force yourself to limit your time by setting a timer for five to ten minutes. You don’t want to infringe on your writing time.

Try one of these get-your-body-moving quickies:

1 — A stretching routine

2 – Yoga mat work or Yoga ball

3 – Walking outside or on treadmill

4 – Hula hoop, jump rope, or do a head-stand . . .Your goal is to prepare your mind for the writing session.

When your timer goes off, you’ll be primed and ready to write. Later in your writing session, if your mind feels mired in mud, set your timer and get moving again. You’ll boost your energy and your creativity.

As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a national bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller." The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, is due out January, 2009. Contact her at

Margie Lawson -- presenter, psychotherapist, writer -- lives at the top of a Colorado mountain west of Denver. Margie merged her two worlds, psychology and writing, to develop psychologically anchored editing systems and techniques that teach writers how to write page turners. A former college professor, Margie works as a psychotherapist, writes fiction and nonfiction, and presents full day master classes for writers internationally. She'll address helping people access their psychological strengths to slay their self-defeating dragons. Go to for more information.

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