Any writer knows that being creative isn\u2019t always fun. It\u2019s damn hard work, and requires pushing past the stodgy boring phase and into a mindset where you could type for hours. But if your creative pools have run dry and you\u2019re stuck in a rut where the stodgy phase feels like it will go on forever, how do you get into the \u2018flow\u2019 of writing again?\r\nHow do you know you\u2019re in it?\r\nSometimes you\u2019re working on a massive project and just can\u2019t seem to focus properly or get motivated; sometimes you\u2019re just trying to get to the word count but the words won\u2019t come; sometimes your cursor just drifts back to the internet tab. You're trying to write, you really are. You've got a few words on the page, that's good right?\r\n\r\nThe easiest way to know if you\u2019re stuck in a writing rut, is to ask yourself: have you been writing lately? When was the last time you opened a Word document? How long did you spend staring at it before you exited? How long has it been since you got past that difficult phase and into a state of creative bliss?\r\n\r\nAre you stuck in a writing rut? Here's how to get out. Image Credit: Danny Plas via Flickr Creative Commons.\r\nHow to get out\r\nAlright, so you're in a rut and the age-old advice, 'just keep writing', isn't getting you anywhere. The last thing you need to do is keep doing what you're doing.\r\n\r\nWilliam Goldman said that:\r\nThe easiest thing to do on earth is not write."\r\nIt\u2019s easy to give in to boredom and disinterest, and it takes a strong mind to focus on your imagination and replenish your creativity. It\u2019s not always a matter of \u2018working through it\u2019, although it\u2019s worth a try. Sometimes you need to go big \u2013 be drastic.\r\nChange location\r\nMove from the table to the chair, from the chair to the bed, from the bed to the floor. Wherever your usual space is, get away from it. A change of scenery can make you focus on new things around you and help spark new inspirations.\r\nChange time\r\nGet up an hour early and write in the morning, or spend time on your daily commute thinking creatively. Challenge your brain at different times during the day, when you least expect it; this will build your writing-muscles so they\u2019re strong when you need to put them into action later.\r\nWrite something different\r\nWrite outside your genre, perspective, or character. Come up with something totally wild that\u2019s just for you, really letting your imagination loose. You\u2019ll find that by taking writing less seriously, you\u2019re not so wound up over word choice and finer details that hold you back.\r\nCreate a playlist\r\nMusic can get you in a lyrical or atmospheric mood, and you can use these to spark your writing. Create playlists like prompts, writing to the vibe of each song and seeing where they take your story. The great thing about this exercise is that you can change it up any time you like by making new lists or adding onto old ones.\r\n\r\nYou can check out more of our writing advice here.