Bust The Writing Rut

The first thing you need to know about a writing rut is that it can happen to anyone. It can happen to you. It can happen to your friend. It can happen to your dog. It can happen to your dog’s friend. It can happen to your dog’s friend’s dog, who is imaginary.

Rut roh.

If you, or someone you know, are in a writing rut, here are some things you can do to unrut yourself.

DM your friends. DM your writing friends. Start a group chat. Complain to each other about your writing rut, in the group chat. Be rut buddies. Shift your shortcomings onto someone else. Let them carry your burden.

You will feel better about yourself when others are also unsuccessful in their writing endeavours.

Be the writing rut. Don’t let the rut consume you. You consume it. Eat or be eaten. It’s a dog eat dog world.

All together now….rut roh.

Get creative. Don’t just be creative. Get it. Think about thinking outside the box. You know why people think outside the box? They’re claustrophobic. Claustrophobia is your ticket to the outside. Claustrophobia leads to creative freedom.

But Paul, where do I begin?

Write the words. Write any words. Write about giraffes. Write about pencil crayons. Write about a kite stuck in a tree and how it’s recovery might just be the next best thing but not quite me.

Boom. Rhyme the words.

Rhyming what? Writing rut.

Write about your writing rut. Write about having nothing to write about. When you write about how hard it is to write, you inspire others to also write about how they have nothing to write about.

It’s a behind-the-screens pity party.

Next thing you need to do is get out of your own way. Get in someone else’s way. You can’t write, if someone else is stealing your material. Be a one lane road. You want to go North? Wrong. Go South. That’s where the keyboard is.

Boom. Enlightenment in the face.

Re-route the writing rut. Go places you’ve never been before. Take your words in different directions. Use a map. Be the compass. Write about your feet. Write about your friend’s feet. Write about your friend’s dog’s imaginary friend’s feet.

That’s called a writing rut roh.

When you’re done, release it into the world.

Writing is all about forcing others to read your words. Tape their eyelids open. Threaten them with pudding under their armpits. Blow in their ear. Let them know that your words are more important than anything else they could be doing.

As the saying goes, even a writing rut is right twice a day. Not once. Not thrice. But twice. Twice a day. That is one more than one. It’s two, buckle my shoe, three four, use the correct version of “your”.

Writing rut recap.

DM a friend. Get creative. Rhyme the words. Become claustrophobic. Write any words. Behind-the-screens pity party. Re-route the rut. Be the compass. Pudding pits. Twice a day.

Bust the writing rut.

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35 Responses to Bust The Writing Rut

  1. Little Rants says:

    This should be the next Billie Eilish song: When we fall asleep on our blogs,
    Where do we go…?
    DM a friend, oooh,
    Start a RUT ROH-volution, ooooh
    Okay Sooch, shut up.

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  2. LOL! Paul, are you trying to tell us youโ€™re in a writing rut? We all still love you donโ€™t worry!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. If you are in a writing rut Paul it doesn’t show that’s for sure! When I grow up I want to write like Paul!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jโ™ก says:

    ๐Ÿ˜‚ love this!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. That’s a lot of rut.. lol there is no way you are in a writing rut! You are Paul!

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  6. Sarah Warsi says:

    I’m with you! Been feeling the same way. lol As the saying goes, ‘this too shall pass’. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  7. tisfortracy says:

    This made me laugh ๐Ÿ˜‚ thank you for your honesty! I’ve definitely been in a rut for the past two years. Only coming out of it now so this is perfect timing ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿพthanks for putting a smile on my face

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  8. Kara's Kloud says:

    I’ll be honest, I thought the title of this post was “Bust the Writing Nut” for a hot second, and I was slightly concerned, but then I cracked open my eyes a bit further and realized otherwise…rut roh. This post really spoke to me. I’ve been having a lot of trouble just thinking about doing a blog post, lately. I’ll think of a ~fantastic~ story in my mind and say “OMG, this would be a great blog post!” and then I never write it. Plus, I’ve had a lot of crazy stuff happening in my life recently (which I’m finally going to write about, thank goodness), so it’s hard to sit down and just type up whatever you want and have it sound great.

    Keep on trucking along, Paul. As philosopher Kris Jenner would say, “Kim, you’re doing great sweetie!” ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Paul says:

      Haha at one point after I posted I was worried people would read the title too quickly and think it said “Nut” and was like ahhhh oh god, so thank you for making my worries come true! And I hear ya, sometimes I think it would be easier to invite everyone inside my head so I don’t have to write out my thoughts because the thought of sitting down, typing it out, and making it sound good is just too daunting at times.

      Thanks for the laugh, Kara!

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  9. Bryan Fagan says:

    So much of it is reaching out. The more you talk about it the less alone you feel. So much of us handle this all on our own and it doesn’t have to be that way.

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  10. I write lists during my writing ruts and I have written posts about having nothing to write about lol both do help the processs!!

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  11. Ely says:

    LOL I feel like I was in the audience watching a famous motivational speaker on stage!!! You did it! And you did it well, as freaking always! I see youโ€™re out of your rut! Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ though I hadnโ€™t come around to my LAMP post because I was trapped by some other feelings but our DMโ€™s most definitely always help re-inspire the writer inside! Thank you for this and for always listening to my crazy vents lol

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