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Professional writer uses EFT to overcome writer's block

EFt Tapping Outdated ImageNote: This is one of 3,000 articles written prior to the updated Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tapping Tutorial™. As a result, it is likely outdated. It provides practical uses for EFT Tapping but you should also explore our newest advancement, Optimal EFT, by reading our free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™, and/or get help from a Certified EFT Practitioner.

Hi Everyone,

Sooner or later most of us have writer's block wherein we need to write something and the ideas just won't flow. Tracy Culleton is a professional writer in Ireland and shows us how she used EFT in a step-by-step fashion to flesh out a previously blocked short story.

Hugs, Gary


By Tracy Culleton

As well as being an EFT practitioner, I'm also a best-selling author in Ireland, so it is natural for me to use EFT in my writing, with great success.  Here is a detailed breakdown of how I used it for a short story.  

I was invited to write this story for inclusion in a charity anthology, and of course I agreed to do it.  However, I didn't have a clue what to write about.  The book was to have a loose theme of friendship, but apart from that I was on my own.  For a week or two I mulled it over, but no ideas came.  So, I sat down and began tapping.

Even though I haven't a clue what this story is going to be about…

I tapped for about 15 minutes (saying the same statement at each point) and received no inspiration in that time.  But that's okay, because sometimes it just takes that long.  I had to go and do something else then, and so I stopped tapping - but I came back to it later that day.  This time, as soon as I started tapping (still saying the same statement), the ideas started coming except they weren't ideas as such, but rather they were realizations.

It's hard to explain, but it was as if the story already existed, strong and complete, and I just had to reveal it, rather than to actively create it.  And as I continued to tap, a little bit of the curtain was pulled away at each stage, revealing more and more of the story that was always there. 

The first thought came (as I tapped) and it was the realisation: "Ah, it's about two women".  Okay, maybe that wasn't revolutionary - it's women's fiction, it was always going to be about women!  But I hadn't realised until then that the story was about two women, rather than a bigger group. 

I continued tapping, now using the phrase "I don't know the details of this story about the two women", and it came to me then, "It's about how they met."  In other words, rather than a story about two friends already facing some crisis or other, it was a story about how they met and became friends.

But I still didn't know how they met.  So I tapped using that exact tapping statement: "I don't know how they met".  Very quickly - only about 30 seconds (the realisations were coming very quickly now) - I realised that they met when one of them saved the other's life.  Okay, but the next obvious question, is: how did she save her life?

So I continued tapping, using the tapping statement, "I don't know how the first woman saved the other woman's life."  So, after a few moments it came to me that maybe they were in a train crash or a bus crash and one of them rescued the other.

But I didn't like that.  It wouldn't work.  This story was supposed to be light and upbeat, and having dozens of other people die or be injured wasn't going to be very light and upbeat!  Also it would take the reader's sympathy away from my two women.  Who'd care that they had made friends, when other people were dying or being injured?

So, no, a crash wouldn't do. Again, no alternative came to me when I was just thinking about it.  So I tapped again, and very quickly it came to me that one of them saves the other from falling masonry.  Perfect!

As I was tapping this, and the realisations were coming - I was getting more and more excited as the story was revealed and created. It just had that good feeling of going right.  I wondered if I could bring any more depth and complexity to the story (always a good thing to do), so I tapped for that too.  Before long it occurred to me that it would be cool if the woman whose life was saved today had saved her rescuer's life in turn, some years ago.  It would complete the circle perfectly.  But how?  

More tapping ("I don't know how Woman B saved Woman A's life") and again it came to me - the perfect solution!  I suddenly remembered how, a number of years ago, I got a phone call from the Blood Transfusion Service asking me if I could come straight into their premises - to make an emergency blood donation. (In Ireland blood isn't paid for, it's dependant on donors.)

There was a premature baby in a Dublin maternity hospital who desperately needed a blood transfusion - and this baby and I shared the same rare blood type.  That would work perfectly for this story.  And so it did.  The story, called Blood Sisters (the perfect title also just came to me during my tapping), just flowed out of me once I had the plot outline, turned out worked wonderfully and I've had great feedback on it.

It's relevant also to comment on the fact that one of the realizations wasn't suitable (i.e., the idea that they met in a train crash).  This was because my request (i.e. my tapping statement) hadn't been specific enough.  I was tapping for, "I don't know how they met, I need a way for them to meet," and that's what I got!

The subconscious is very precise, almost legalistic.  You get exactly what you ask for.  If I had tapped for, "I need a way for them to meet that'll keep the reader's sympathy," then I wouldn't have received the train accident idea.  However, it would take a lot of work to design a tapping statement which would cover all eventualities.  It's much easier to tap for a broad statement, and then refine as needed.  I promise you, ideas are in infinite supply!  It's not as if you only get three wishes with this process.

Tracy Culleton

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