How to Get Out of a Writing Rut

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Sometimes, I hit a big rut in my writing, and I don’t know why. I can usually run with a topic right away. But there are always those days that I just get stuck. Then I don’t write that day at all. Then I don’t write the next day. I dig a rut for myself and that’s how I suddenly don’t write for weeks.

My life is full of topics. Even a “boring” day will have at least one thing I could write about. But. I can’t always spin up something positive and helpful from it. At one time, I thought I’d mastered that art, as evidenced by my many motivational posts over the years.

My motivational / inspirational work was all self-driven, as it was my way of trying to brighten others’ days. However, it was also to lift my own spirits, as well. But, when you find the positive energy waning, you have to take a step back and take care of yourself. 

Sometimes, the usual tricks don’t work to get the writer’s gears grinding again. Unfortunately, as a writer, getting stuck just happens. It’s just in the nature of the occupation. Sometimes, “just write” doesn’t work. Sometimes, all you can really do is step away from writing for a bit. 

The best thing to do? Go spend time with your friends and loved ones and do something fun. If you’d rather go out on your own, do something you enjoy greatly. This way, you can recharge. While you’re at it, go read something, too. It doesn’t need to be a full-length novel or anything. Get some new thoughts and ideas brewing in your mind. After all, reading is the best fuel for writing!

So, if you ever see your favorite writers simply not post for a while, bear with them. Writing can be so much harder than it looks to many who aren’t dedicated writers themselves. Sometimes to make writing sustainable, you have to take a break to reload. 

As a writer, just don’t give up. Still try and sit down when you can to scribble something, but don’t force the writing. Let the words come, even if they are nonsense. Heck, sometimes I just doodle, and that works, too! Writing is so much like going to the gym. When you don’t go for awhile, it’s so much harder to get back where you were.

But, as far as posting your writing on a regular basis? Don’t be afraid to let people know that you need a break sometimes. The truly supportive readers will understand that you’re only human.

Don’t give up on your writing dreams. Just know when you hit a rut and need some recreation. Don’t keep digging a hole. You’ll know when you’re ready to write again!

~ Amelia <3

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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