Do you struggle with procrastination or anxiety when it comes to writing? Are you a frustrated writer with a story to tell who can’t commit to putting pen to paper? Are you writing consistently, but feel insecure about sharing your work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, know that you are not alone.
The story goes that Herman Melville had his wife chain him to his desk while he was struggling to complete his epic masterpiece Moby Dick. The incredibly prolific Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, and hundreds of other works of fiction and nonfiction, has been forthright about the roles that anxiety and fear play in her writing process. Laura Ingalls Wilder, made famous for her Little House on the Prarie series, only began writing in her mid-40s, at the behest of her daughter, and didn’t publish until she was in 64.
In other words, though you may be experiencing the pain of writers block, procrastination, and insecurity, you remain in the company of great writers. Furthermore, there is a powerful tool to end the struggle that doesn't involve chaining yourself to a desk.
EFT for Writer's
EFT ("Emotional Freedom Techniques" or "tapping") is a stress reduction and personal growth technique that is effective in resolving writer's block. Stressful thoughts like "I'll never get this writing done," and painful memories -- being shamed as a child for being different, for example - affect the whole body by activating the fight-flight response. EFT aims to reduce the stress response to specific thoughts and experiences and involves tapping on the body (a process akin to acupressure and acupuncture) while speaking about the source of distress. Dr. Daniel Hebb, a pioneer in neuropsychology, coined the phrase, "Neurons that fire together wire together." Tapping on aspects of a difficult issue helps rewire our response.