I’ve noticed that sometimes when I get into a writing rut, a change of scenery often helps. This morning, I realized that I had about 45 minutes to kill and As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a Taco Bell. I’ve never written in a Taco Bell before, and I’m noticing that it’s generating new ideas and new avenues for my writing that I might not have thought about otherwise.
I realized that I’ve never had a Chihuahua in any of my stories and that I didn’t even know how to spell Chihuahua for that matter. And there’s no Internet access here. Being un-tethered, it forces me to write, instead of check my Facebook account, Twitter, or any of the other dozens of Internet distractions that usually derail my writing efforts.
So if you’re in a rut, get out of your usual routine. Take the notebook out of the house and drive around until you find someplace where you haven’t written before. It might be just the thing you need to spur that creative idea you’ve been looking for.