2006-10-17

EFT to the Rescue Again!

I haven't written anything the last few days; I was going to do something over the weekend, but taking a nap on Saturday sounded like the right thing to do :-), and on Sunday, I was more concerned about the Giants game (yippee - they beat Atlanta in Atlanta!) and, well, had some fun with my hubby, too...

Anyway, yesterday was a bad day at work. I stayed until 6:30, making copies and typing, trying to get packages of these forms called 5500s into shape. My boss told me to just give him the packages, that he would go to the post office to get the certified receipts stamped.

He made it just in time.

In a prior post, I extolled the virtues of Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT, but specifically for writers. (Okay, I don't think I did it in a heavy-handed way, but I don't like salespeople who sledgehammer pitches at you, so why should I?) It's blechy here in the Northeast, with the rain pouring, so my motivation wasn't there.

Enter EFT. I did a round of this one script that told me it was okay to set aside time to write. And, once again, the floodgates opened: I wrote 1,200 words to finish Chapter 6! Yahoo!

The next chapter will show Diego taking Jackie to the Bastet Society, where she'll learn what sort of curse is flowing through her veins, along with a few other things...Bastet is the Egyptian protectress of cats. Figures, right, that ancient Egypt would have something like that?

BTW, lest anyone who thinks that outlining is akin to having your hands tied--think again. I've dumped about four cards outright and redone quite a few. Heck, I needed to redo the one for the scene that just wrapped Chapter 6. That's the beauty of this system. Although I have a basic idea of where I want the story to go, I'm not locked into anything if an "aha!" moment strikes me. What's also nice is if I have to look for something, I don't have to get bogged down in all the electronic words to find it; I can look to the cards and find any problem spots or whatever much more quickly.

Of course, it helps if you update the cards when you've made changes.

Don't give up--keep writing!

4 comments:

G Paul B. said...

Geez you really sound like you have your sh*t together Nancy. Outlining sounds like a very organized way to go - which is probably why I've never done it when I've written anything (I am living chaos, you know). So what about this "curse in the veins" - did she pick up an STD? ;-)

~Nancy said...

STD - lol! It might as well be!

That's the Egyptian curse Jackie picked up from that damned cat. ;-) It'll turn her into something she'd rather not be if she doesn't learn how to control it (and just controlling her anger or excitement won't necessarily do that).

Thanks for looking at my blog! :-)

Anonymous said...

I don't know that I've heard the term EFT yet. Course, I could have heard of it and then just forgotten... I do that sometimes :)

I like the outline idea. I've got a huge posterboard with a timeline of the major events or plot item I need to cover at that point in the story. I've got the freedom to let each scene come to me, but I can easily remember what my goal for the plot is for that section.

I enjoyed poking around your blog. I look forward to seeing your next installment!

~Nancy said...

Rashenbo,

Thanks so much for your comments! :-)

I'd just recently come across EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) a few months back, on my own, to deal with some medical problems. Not long after that, I received an email from a how-to ebook I purchased last year (that was one of its perks) that spoke about using EFT designed specifically for writers!

Weird, but true.

Anyway, I noticed it works for me (in fact, in a few minutes, I'll be using a script from an email set by Tracy, who originally came up with the EFT for writers ebook). The idea is to do more than one "round" of tapping, until something clicks in your brain.

Anyway, you should check out Tracy's free download (I think it's the 1st chapter) and see if it works for you. BTW, you can be skeptical about the whole thing, and it might work for you anyway.

Again - thanks for checking out my blog! :-)