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Stuck With 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 writingThe 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. I’ve been doing creative projects all my life and I know to trust the process. 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.


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