When I joined the NaNoWriMo challenge (to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November) last week, I had no idea what I would write about or even which genre I should choose. I generally procrastinated until the evening of 1st November when I started to panic. I decided to use tapping (EFT) to try to help my dilemma. For those of you who have not heard of tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) before, I’ll give you a brief explanation.
EFT was founded by Gary Craig. You tap on different meridian points on your face and body while repeating phrases that focus on your problems. It can help with emotional and physical problems. The original way to do EFT was a bit convoluted and included rolling your eyes and humming. I think Gary has refined it more now so you do a set up phrase while tapping on the karate chop point on your hand then you repeat a short reminder phrase while tapping on each of several points on your face and body. If you go to http://www.emofree.com you can find out more about his technique.
There are several variations of EFT. Mostly they are just called “tapping” and some of them use positive as well as negative phrases, varying set up and reminder phrases and/or different points to tap on. I like to use the points that Gary uses (the karate chop point, top of the head, inner eyebrow, outside of the eye, under the nose, under the mouth, on the collarbone and under the arm) along with tapping the inside of my wrists together (because I have heard there are several meridian lines running through there). I use both hands to tap on the points on the opposite sides of my body except for the karate chop point as that would be impossible (unless you’re an octopus lol). I also change the phrases I use as different things come into my mind.
To be honest, I have had limited success with tapping, however, while using it to try to clear my writer’s block and get some ideas, I found that it really did help. I became clear as to which genre I should use, how I should start and what should happen. I stayed up very late that night, watching TV and sorting out my email, then when I was going to bed at 2.00 am, I suddenly had more details come to me and I had to stay up VERY late writing them all down so I didn’t forget them. Maybe it worked too well lol.
I like to tap along with Brad Yates (for various things) or Margaret Lynch (she specialises in tapping for money). You can find videos of both of them on YouTube. Hope that helps! 🙂