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What to Do When You Get Stuck In Your Project!

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What to Do When You Get Stuck In Your Project!

Stuck In Your Project?

Do you ever get in a stuck place with your writing or creative project? I have and I know it is a natural part of the creative process. Yes, it can be uncomfortable, but I believe honoring our process supports the actual work and makes for better final product. I have experienced this at work in both my visual and my written art. Getting stuck usually shows up when I don’t like something, when something feels off or missing. When I was writing The Curious Magic of Buckeye Groves. I got stuck after writing thirty pages. At that point, I was bored with the story – something was missing and I was unclear what it was, therefore I began feeling completely uninspired. I actually set the project aside and started working on another story. Eventually a solution spontaneously arose and I was re-inspired and started working on it again, this time completely in the flow. I spoke with another author about this and she told me she often used the same tactic. I have heard of people who set aside a story for years before coming back to it. I think the key is letting go – a form of non-attachment which creates space for solutions to arise from our subconscious. Sometimes pushing too hard can get in the way.

There have been other times when I pushed myself through my resistance. Sometimes resistance is just resistance. Listening to music helps and so do walks in nature or sitting with trees. Creation is a very intuitive process and it is important to be attuned to the messages that come through and to trust myself.

Creative projects can be much like giving birth, there are moments when we breath and moments when we push. If you haven’t finished projects in the past, that is not a prescription for what will happen with your next one. The past is not a predictor of the future. Examine your beliefs about finishing projects and look at any limits you are putting on yourself. You may be pressuring yourself in ways that are not helpful.

Stuck in your project?  Here are a variety of tips for approaching and/or overcoming the block:

  • Don’t judge your block. Get curious about it. Visualize – how does that block show up in your body? Can you find a metaphor to describe it?  What does the metaphor say about your block? This can be a powerful way to get under the surface to understand what is really going on.
  • Re-examine your commitment and purpose. What was your original motive for this project? Is that still true? What is important to you about this project now?
  • Examine your output goals? Are you beating yourself up over unrealistic goals? Our inner critics tend to get in our way and de-motivate us.
  • Take a break and work on something else for a while
  • Try pushing through your resistance for ½ hour.  Did your engagement with the project change?
  • What is a good source of inspiration for you? Music? Walks? Dance? Take some time to nourish your muse and then try writing again.

Of course you can always contact me and we can set up a session to explore your project idea, uncover your blocks and get you started pr working again.

Contact me to set up a Finally an Author session.

What to expect from a Finally and Author session:

  1. Create a sense of clarity around why you want to write your book
  2. Get in touch with your inspiration and your motivation for writing your book
  3. Discover the #1 reason why you haven’t written your book already
  4. Identify the most powerful actions that will get you writing consistently
  5. Complete the consultation with the excitement of knowing exactly how to move forward with your book project

You can reach me here, or call me at 925-207-9525.

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Maura McCarley Torkildson, MA, CPCC, ACC

Communications CoachLearning SpecialistWriter

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach


Do you know Bill Belew?

Do you know Bill Belew? Well, I met Bill yesterday at the Successful Thinkers Network event in Modesto. Bill Belew and Rick Deutsch gave one of those “One of a Kind Presentation.”
If you had any sign of brain activity you would have learned something that can change your life.

I woke up this morning thinking, “what do I need to do to make my dreams and goal happen? The answer was “ASK FOR IT” OK Universe. The time has come for you to give me what I deserve.

Dr. Bill Belew and Rick Deutsch are certainly on my list of champions.
Motivational speakers, teachers and trainers, all emphasize the facts that if you want to be wealthy, mimic the wealthy.

Well it looks like a lot of writing and learning in my future.

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Bill Belew

Bill Belew



I know what you are thinking. And you are correct. I don’t need a meal.

Well getting a Free Meal really wasn’t my motivation. I just decided to do something “way out of the box” for me on so many levels.

First: Me do what? Dance in front of hundreds of strangers.
No problem. I can dance. I just can’t walk that far without my walker. They allowed me to bring my walker.

Second: What if I fell out there on the field in front of all those people? How could that be any more embarrassing than being out there in the first place?

Third: There was no third. I am on a mission to step out the box and “handle it”. I didn’t fall and I won a $30 Dining Credit a Jackson Rancheria. Whoa Hoo!

As a Small Business Mobile Marketing Mogul, being bold has to be part of the package.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules…
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Steve Jobs
US computer engineer & industrialist (1955 – 2011)

My client business will prosper in part because of my efforts. This is a WIN WIN!
“If your aims are lofty, your achievements are bound to be great.” Shri Radhe Maa

Maybe I can scratch “Dancing for Dinner” off my list and my clients can rest assure if it needs to be done. It will be done.

By any means necessary.

Gail S. Wilson, Small Business Mobile Marketing Mogul, www.ServiceConnection

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