The cure for writer's block is simple. Just erase all the limiting beliefs and negative emotions which are blocking your writing.
For more information on those, read my page on What is Writer's Block? and then come back here. (There's a link at the bottom of that page to bring you back here.)
So, now that you know what causes writer's block, let me tell you about its cure. Or one cure at least.
The cure for writer's block is a wonderful technique called EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique.
Let me tell you a true story, all about how EFT came to be, and how I discovered it was the ultimate cure for writer's block:
In 1980 something amazing happened. On the face of it, it had nothing to do with writing, but you shall see how this amazing incident had colossal implications for we writers.
A psychiatrist named Dr. Roger Callahan was working with a client to try to cure her water phobia. He had been using traditional methods for a couple of years with no success.
One day she complained of feeling nauseous whenever she thought of water. Dr. Callahan knew a little bit about acupuncture and he knew the acupuncture spot which governed the stomach.
So he asked her to tap on that spot to see if it could ease the nausea.
She did this and said, amazed, ‘It’s gone!’.
Dr. Callahan said, pleased, ‘The nausea’s gone?’
‘Yes,’ she said, ‘but so is the water phobia!’
As simply as that her life-time water phobia was gone!!
She was able to prove it by running out of the office and down to the edge of Dr. Callahan’s swimming pool where she trailed her hands in the water. This mightn't sound much - but it was a huge achievement for her.
This was a woman who couldn’t take a bath, who couldn’t go out if it was raining (just as well she lived in California and not Ireland!), and here she was, now feeling totally comfortable about water.
Dr. Callahan immediately knew that he was onto something exciting here, and over time he explored this further and developed TFT (Thought Field Therapy).
This involved tapping different acupuncture points in a specific order depending on what the issue was. It worked very well; he was getting great results with all sorts of problems. However TFT was very complicated to use, and needed accurate diagnosis of the problem. People couldn't use it for themselves - they needed a trained practitioner.
Some time later a Stanford-trained engineer and personal-performance expert named Gary Craig trained in TFT.
He then thought of a way to make it simpler for people to use. His genius was to use an engineering process called Total Redundancy which, in this case, meant that you tapped every acupuncture point regardless what the issue was.
Yes, this meant that you tapped some points which weren’t necessary - but it took so little time to do that that it wasn’t a problem. And the advantage was that there was only one easy process to learn, regardless what your issue was, and so people could use it themselves.
He named his refinement EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique.
EFT proved outstanding at doing two things, and doing them quickly and painlessly:
- removing ‘bad’ emotions such as fear, anger and so on. Literally, those feelings were gone, to be replaced by peace and calm.
- Removing mental blocks or limiting beliefs and replacing them with more empowering beliefs. In other words, literally re-programming our subconscious so that it works for us, and not against us.
These two attributes turned out to have hundreds, if not thousands, of uses.
EFT quickly became the technique of choice to solve all sorts of problems from phobias to traumas to addictions to weight issues to headaches to allergies and many others.
And then some people decided to try EFT for peak performance within the sports world. They reasoned: If it’s so good at removing negative emotions such as fear, and it’s so good at removing mental blocks and limiting beliefs, then surely it would help sports people with their mental game.
Again, so it proved. EFT is becoming more and more the tool of choice for sportspeople serious about improving their game.
I encountered EFT about five years ago, and immediately became a fan. I originally was just going to use it for my own benefit but realised that it was too good to keep to myself, and I trained as a practitioner, and have worked with hundreds of clients, helping them eradicate issues such as phobias, traumas, self-esteem issues and many more.
However, I was also pursuing my dream of writing. And in 2003 I fulfilled my life-time dream of becoming a published novelist; indeed a best-selling published novelist (see My Novels for more info on that, if you like).
So, as an EFT practitioner and an author, it was the next obvious step for me wonder if EFT could help achieve peak performance in the writing process. In other words, could it really be the cure for writer's block?
I experimented and tested and it was so exciting! I discovered that:
- My writing blocks disappeared.
- I found it easier to get into the flow of writing.
- If I was stuck on a plot dilemma a few minutes of EFT resolved it perfectly.
EFT seemed to be the perfect method for accessing creativity from my subconscious. The solutions I came up with after using EFT were always so amazingly creative and innovative that at times I’d literally laugh out loud with sheer delight.
And, so, very excited about this, I offer EFT to you as the cure for writer's block. If you'd like to try EFT for yourself, the instructions are here. If you'd like to read a step-by-step use of EFT, as I used it to write a short story I was totally stuck on, check here, and I especially invite you to click here to find out about Unleash The Writer - the book I’ve written so fiction writers can access the power of EFT for themselves - it's their own personal cure for writer's block.