Ever had a writing rut? Blogging rut? A life rut?
It happens to the best of us. Me. You.
But whenever you land headfirst in a rut, how do you react?
If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’re going to keep getting what you’ve always got
That didn’t become a famous adage for nothing. If you’re stuck, clinging to your normal routine or behavior patterns won’t get you out of your rut. Ruts are life’s way of saying, “This isn’t working” or “It’s time to do something different.”
Write somewhere else. Use Microsoft Word instead of your blogging dashboard. Put headphones in. Change the music you’re listening to. Develop a new editorial calendar system. Write in the morning. Pour yourself a glass of wine. (Probably not in the morning, though.) Put different clothes on.
I’m not joking. Sometimes pants interfere with the word flow.
I’ve used all of these tactics to shake off writer’s block. They’re minor changes, but they all operate like a wake-up call to my brain, “Let’s DO this!”
When I hit a blogging rut, I created blog development time to renew my interest in my blog. When I hit an editing block *coughs*socialmedia*coughs*, I take my laptop and work in bed. Or on the couch. Or wherever the urge strikes. My laptop is awesome because it’s so slow I can only have one program open at a time. Instant work focuser.
Do you find yourself saying, “But I’ve always done it this way” or “This is just fine”?
Cool. But it’s not fine. Life changes. So do you. You may have always done it the same way, but that doesn’t mean it’s efficient or effective or worth your time. And this is important: you’ll never know what works for you until you try.
Hey. Your parents were right when they said you couldn’t hate your vegetables until you tried them. It sucks when your parents are right. But you know how I found out I’m not a fan of artichokes? I ate one.
So you’re a night writer? Have you tried writing in the morning, afternoon, or evening? You might find you write better at a different time. I write fiction better late at night, but I write nonfiction better during the day. Figured that out after getting stuck writing my thesis at night and deciding to write in the morning.
The next time you get stuck, don’t fight it with frustration and anger
You might learn something new about yourself in the process.
How do you shake yourself out of a blogging or writing rut?