One of the things to try when you’re in a writing rut is to change your routine or process. Always be open to try new things.
Most of my days are spent in front of the computer working on geeky software stuff. I type really well and fast—I even tried typing with my eyes closed. That worked for awhile, but I was still in a rut.
So I went back to the very basics: Writing with pen and paper.
When I was in 5th grade, I wrote a soap opera screenplay in longhand. In high school, I wrote in longhand cursive. It wasn’t until I took that typing class that I gave up my pen and paper.
Now I’m finding that it has helped me get out of this rut. It’s taking a break from the computer. It’s giving me time to think a little more since my left hand can only keep up so much with my brain. It gives me a change of pace. It also keeps me away from the Internet. And I can take my pen and paper anywhere—no need to scout out great places near outlets.
Plus, I get the perk of when I do transfer the pages into my computer, I can do some more tweaking and think about the scene again.
So I think longhand my be my change to jump start my writing routine.
If you’re stuck in your writing—try something different. It just may be the one thing you may need to get that spark.