I firmly believe that being blocked from writing means that a safety program is working hard to protect you from feeling bad. Never mind that having Writers’ Block also feels bad.
This internal safety program has developed through past disappointments and fears. And it means there is something out there that could hurt you if you keep writing, and possibly finishing the book.
Now one of the things that really hurt writers is a book not doing well.
After all, you did put a lot of work, effort and probably heart blood into it. You gave it all. Spent hours writing it, editing it and making it as good as you possibly could. You hoped it would do well, maybe even be your breakout book.
So much could ride on that one book!
And yet… it could tank. I know how that feels. And it’s not pretty at all. If that has happened to you, a part of you may not want to repeat the experience.
Disappointment can really hurt.
To have all those hopes dashed is quite painful.
Having to stay in the day job, or having to go back to one… that burns, after all the dreams and hopes for that book.
So the next one might be somewhat difficult to write and/or finish.
You might lose interest. You might feel like running against a wall when opening the file. You might not find any connection with your characters or plot. And it hurts. Yet it is simply your subconscious trying to protect you from even more pain.
Fortunately, EFT is a great way to defuse a safety program and release its hold on you. Here’s some tapping for you:
Even though I’m so afraid that all my work and investment will be for nothing, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now choose to worry about that later and enjoy my writing.
Even though my book tanked, and it was so painful I don’t even want to feel like that again, I’m still okay the way I am, and I now give myself permission to simply write the story, and decide on the rest when I have finished it.
Even though it was so bad watching my book tank, that really, really hurt, and I don’t want to feel like that again, I’m still okay the way I am, and I now lower my expectations for this new one, and give myself permission to enjoy writing it anyway.
Has this happened to you?
What was the worst about the book not doing well?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – what are you creating right now?
Would love to hear from you!
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PS: You’ll find my personal experiences with these beliefs in the comment section. Because I am tapping with these very sentences, I’m inviting you to join me on this journey, and share your experiences.
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