Sometimes, through no fault of our own, we get stuck in a writing rut. We are so focused on a particular project that it becomes repetitive and, in our minds, kinda boring. We end up hating what we’re working on and no matter what anyone else says, we become convinced that it’s terrible and that we’re horrible writers . Because we’re bored. So here’s my tips to get yourself out of that rut, because frankly, it sucks.
- Write something else. Sounds simple and it really is. I’m not talking about writing a novel or anything time consuming. Write a short story if you normally write poetry or vice versa. Try writing song lyrics or outlining a novel if you’ve never done so before. The goal is to get your brain thinking outside its normal writing box.
- Try something else creative. At one point last year I couldn’t write no matter how much time I had. The words had simply dried up. So my mum suggested painting (she’s a painter so this medium is natural to her). I didn’t paint but what I did do was transform a magazine into a piece of artwork. It isn’t that great of a piece, but it did the trick of freeing up my mind so the words flowed once more.
- Try a word/story prompt. Pinterest is full of these, simply type story prompt in the search section and heaps will come up. Also try #storyprompt on Instagram.
- Put your project away for a while. Lock it in a draw, hide it somehow and forget about it for a month. Come back to it with fresh eyes and you’ll be amazed that what you had found boring/rubbish before, actually isn’t that bad.
- Move. As writers we sit down a lot, but sometimes what we need is to get up and move our bodies, freeing up our minds and getting those words flowing again. Dance, do a gym class, run around with your kids if you have them. Just move somehow.
That’s my top tips and what I personally do when I’m stuck in a writing rut. Please, let me know what you do in the comments and have a happy and creative week 🙂