Author Q&A with Amy B. Scher AND 3 Expert Tips on Getting Your Writing Groove Back
Today’s 7 Quick Fire Questions & 3 Tips is with Amy B. Scher, author of the new book This is How I Save My Life – A True Story of Embryonic Stem Cells, Indian Adventures, and Ultimate Self-Healing (January 2013).
The book has been touted as a memoir a la Eat, Pray, Love as Amy, who has a history of chronic illness, travels to India to discover the foundation of healing. Amy’s story takes us on a heartwarming and hilarious journey as she grasps at her last hope to save her 28-year-old body. Now an expert in mind-body-spirit healing with offices in Los Angeles and Monterey, California, it’ll be no surprise to the reader to hear that Amy’s self-created motto is “When life kicks your ass, kick back.”
I love her already! Read on to find out more about Amy and her writing advice, and then go check out her new book and work at www.HowISaveMyLife.com!
7 Quick Fire Questions
1. Last movie you saw? – This is 40! I’ve been waiting for something as funny as Knocked Up for ages. It almost got there at times, but I have to admit, I cried more than I laughed. I left a shaken newlywed—scared to have kids and terrified of financial ruin. Not so funny, right?
2. Meal you could eat every day – Mac & Cheese, but not the real kind, the crappy in-a-box kind. Oh and I add salt. I add salt to everything.
3. Fav place to write – Snuggled in my office chair at home, laptop burning a hole on my lap, my favorite cup of tea teetering on the edge of my knee, and a Buddha sitting next to me. Yes, I’m a total hippie at heart.
4. Last thing you tweeted – That I was featured on GALtime.com. I love them!
5. Favorite book cover – Is it too egotistical to say my book cover? I am in love with it. Every time I look at it, I go back to that time of my life. My sister-in-law took the picture without ever knowing later it would become a cover. It reminds me how everything that happens is just setting you up for the next thing in life that will happen.
6. First job – I was an infant nanny. I got paid to get puked on and I loved it.
7. Best way to relax – Eating grapes in the bath with my Kindle. TMI?
Three Expert Tips on Getting Your Writing Groove Back
There was nothing more important I learned on my journey to health than the existence of our bodies as an energy system. When the energy flowing throughout our body gets blocked, we get stuck. We can’t think straight, physical symptoms arise, and we don’t “flow” like we should in our every day lives. As an author, I know when I’m stuck in my writing, it’s because my energy is stuck.
Here are some quick ways to release that stuck-ness and get your writing groove back, pronto.
- Don’t hold your breath. This is a common bad habit many of us have when we’re frustrated. I can be guilty too. However, your breath moves energy so the deeper you breathe as you work, the more you’ll move the stagnant energy out. And you know what that means, right? Yep, it will be much easier to allow those genius ideas to flow right on in.
- Tap! Gently tapping on acupressure points can release stagnant energy. I use many different points in my energy therapy practice, but here are a couple of shortcuts that can work wonders. I know they seem too simple to work, but my author clients swear by them.
- Karate chop point: This is the fleshy part on the side of the hand just below the pinky finger. Take three or four fingers of one hand and gently tap for a minute or two there.
- Collarbone point: Find the middle ‘notch’ of the neck (just under your Adam’s apple), and move your fingers an inch or two to either side along the collarbone. Then move them down just a bit so you’re below the bone. If you tap there gently, it can really help move stagnant energy out. Tap gently for a minute or two.
3. Clear your workspace. Negative or stagnant energy clings to spaces. You know when you walk into a room and you can just feel it? Well, you want to make sure the room you’re working in doesn’t feel like that. Here are some quick ways that might make you feel like a hippie or a monk, but help you flow like one too.
- Open a window and let some air in
- Use white sage or incense or a spray that you like to clear the space
- Put a bowl of sea salt in a bowl, in the center of a room
- Put fresh flowers or plants in your workspace
That’s it! Now breathe, tap, clear. And get back to work. You have something awesome to write.
About the book:
“When Life Kicks Your Ass, Kick Back” – Amy B. Scher
A fiery young woman with a debilitating and misdiagnosed disease (Lyme Disease) travels to a tiny clinic in India for a controversial embryonic stem cell treatment. On the journey to save her miserably failing body, she finds a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and most importantly, a piece of her life that she never even knew she was searching for.
Why do some people heal from emotional or physical issues, while others don’t? Through extensive research and her own recovery experience, Amy finds the most important piece for her own healing—the impact of unprocessed negative emotions on our physical bodies. This powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination is for anyone who believes in—or doubts—the existence of miracles and the infinite power of self-healing.
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