The Best Way to Break Out of a Writing Rut

If you’ve been staring at a blank screen unable to think up fresh ideas and innovative angles to pitch, a cure may be as simple as taking a hike. Exercise is scientifically proven to help you focus. And, you know, there’s that whole helps-you-live-longer thing, too.

“There’s something about getting out of my well-worn paths that helps me see things differently, so I like to hike a different spot each time so I don’t get stuck in a rut there, either,” said Denene Millner, author of 19 books, including three New York Times bestsellers. “I find exercise of some kind, even if just walking around the block, does wonders when I get too wrapped up in my head.”

Check out more tactics in How to Conquer Writer’s Burnout and Get More Creative and share your own suggestions in the comments.

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