260: How to Get Unstuck When You Are Writing | Azul Terronez

Ditch the Status Quo and Stay in Flow

“If you’re doing something creative, or anything that involves forward motion or creating something from nothing, you’re always gonna be faced with resistance.” — Azul Terronez

In any creative endeavor, including writing a book, you may sometimes find yourself in a rut. It’s easy to get stuck in our heads and get caught up in deciding the next step, or we might spend too much time turning to others for direction without ever taking action. In these times, it’s best to remember that the action you take or the direction you go is usually less important than actually taking a small step. And small steps are the best way to go anywhere.

On this week’s episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk about this feeling of being stuck and give suggestions for you to work your way through it, including a meditation to follow.

Status Quo

Status quo means keeping things exactly as they are. If you’re following the status quo, you’re not going forward and you’re not going backward. More than likely, you’re getting stuck because you keep returning and repeating the same habits you have every day. I’m here to suggest that it might take you just as long and take as much effort to stay in the status quo as it would be to take another step forward.

Status quo is a form of overthinking. When you’re doing something creative you can’t stay in that strict reasoning, especially if you do something like creative business because what worked last year doesn’t necessarily work this year.


If you’re feeling stuck, meditation can be a gentle way of getting you back into the creative mindset. In this podcast, I lead you through a meditation that you can do anywhere.

In this podcast, I also share:

  • If you’re a writer, don’t write on the computer where you do work
  • Half the reason we struggle with writing is that we’re living in our mind
  • Taking small steps—like writing notes on your phone—can help you move forward
  • Before you write, you should get focused and get clear about your goals
  • Being part of a writing community can also help when you feel stuck

I’m so grateful that you listened to this podcast. I appreciate anybody who leaves a review; it really helps inspire us to keep contributing and giving content here.

What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? What is your biggest obstacle while writing your book? In the comments, share your biggest obstacles.

That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside you that needs to be written, know that you can write and publish the book that’s been on your heart. Don’t delay—get out of your head, put words on the page today, and make a movement with your message!

Episode Resource: 

Authors Who Lead
AWL Membership Community
Fiction with Purpose Group
Mandala Tree Press Publishing

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260: How to Get Unstuck When You Are Writing | Azul Terronez

260: How to Get Unstuck When You Are Writing | Azul Terronez