“In fact, I will go as far as to send you on this adventure. Very amusing for me, very good for you – and profitable too, very likely, if you ever get over it” – Gandalf, The Hobbit
Writing can be a very solitary business, and one where it’s easy to get yourself in a rut, chained to your computer for a ridiculous number of hours in the day, waiting for that muse to strike.
But when that happens, I’ve learned I have to go away and do something, make my desire to write stronger by denying it to me.
I have a phrase I use on friends when they’re in a bit of a rut, or a bit down: “Go and have an adventure.”
Now that doesn’t mean to go off and slay a dragon, but that instead the person should take themselves off somewhere they wouldn’t normally go: a shop, a museum, a countryside walk. Go do some activity you’ve never done before, or go to some place you’ve never been before; something you can tell friends about when you get back.
There’s no better way to break out of that rut and lift the spirits, than by going off and doing something different. It breaks the monotony and repetition that can grind you down, gives you inspiration and mark my words, you’ll come back feeling better for it.