I was on a train once and it went past a piece of graffiti.
It said, “Routine is the enemy of creativity.”
I thought, “That sounds great and true. I must endeavour to take it on board.”
Then I got off the train and went and did my stand-up routine.
I’m just not having a wall tell me what to do.
But seriously… If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, it’s all very well people (and walls) advising you to make a change, but the rut always comes at a time when you’re feeling least energetic and adventurous.
The low-energy quick fix for me is to change the inputs. Maybe listen to some music or spoken word you haven’t heard in ages, reconnect with who you were when you first loved it.
I prefer audio, because it puts pictures in your head. Just that little bit of work from your mind can get things going. There are some great podcasts out there, ask someone who knows you for a recommendation.
Other than that, take the pressure off, be nice to yourself and ride it out. Sorry to state the obvious, but you can’t plan spontaneity.
Lastly, if you’ve made a commitment to publish every day, the rut is just something you ride over.