I'm in a rut!

In a rut!
In a rut!

One year on hubpages

I'm in a rut. I cannot get myself to write anything. My normal “political” rant's that I usually have no problem with, just have not been there. Oh, they are there in my brain, but I can’t seem to put them on paper. I have been working on a couple of short stories, but they will not develop into something I feel good about.

My personal life has been more chaotic than normal, and my work has been very busy.

I keep having all sorts of ideas floating through my mind, but when it comes time to put ink on the paper it is gone. Something just does not feel right about it.

It seems that all of my previous writings have always just “flowed” easy. I enjoy that feeling of writing something, when the words just seem to spill out. I know I am no “writer” but, I have really enjoyed trying to put thoughts together and expressing my feelings.

Any suggestions out there would be appreciated. I am very inspired by so many of my followers.

I just approached my one year mark here at hubpages, and I cannot tell you all enough of how much I have enjoyed this place. The many friendships that I have developed here are amazing. I have learned so much about writing from some incredible writers.

I just want to thank those of you who have taken the time to give me advice and words of wisdom over the last year.

HEY, I just wrote another hub!!! Yippee!!


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Well I enjoyed a looking into your thought process...maybe this "rut" hub will get you going again. Congrats on writing another hub.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Congratulations on a year, and on writing a great Hub despite yourself!


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, in most everything, there comes times to just take a break. The mojo is either working or it is not, and when it is not, it is time for a break.

I know when I write, which is not very often anymore, I have to be in exactly the right frame of mind, and then it flows easily. If I try to force it, that shows when I read what I wrote, and I don't even publish.

Just relax and go fishing or whatever you like to do, and it will come back. I always enjoy your hubs, even this one.

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vrajavala 5 years ago from Port St. Lucie

just a little writer's block/

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Just forget about writing for a while. Take walks, work in your garden, inspiration will pop up when least expected. Or just simply read some hubs, you never know when something may just pop that brain into gear.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Use a prompt to jump start your creative mind. Perhaps something like this. Our government is currently.... and I am feeling.....about it. THAT should get you going. lol

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Chris! Great to see you back. It will come to you soon enough. This happens to me also and then BOOM! It all comes together! Congrats on a year!

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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Congrats on a year, CMerritt, and, as others have said, you just wrote another hub, and a good one. You expressed yourself well. Now when something comes to you, just write it down, it doesn't have to be earth-shaking or even good, but get it down, and all the way to the end. Let it gel for a couple days and then go back. If you like what you see but know it needs work, then give it work. The important thing is to get something down.

If you want to write, then you must write.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

I have been there myself at times. After the first year, I looked back on the hubs that I had written and could not imagine myself doubling that number. I did slow down some but the inspiration continued to flow. When I get that feeling, I tend to push the writing aside because I know that I am going to have to "force" something and that usually undermines the quality aspect of the writing. The other method that I use is to head off in another direction...get off the political pony and write some fiction or a poem...that usually helps. One thing you might also be doing, Chris, is to assume that what you are about to write on politically is already understood by everyone...I have quickly found that some fairly straight forward things are misunderstood. Don't second guess yourself and don't nitpick...go with your inspiration and you will likely be okay. My two cents! WB

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Just sit in front of the computer and write. Write anything and do it every single day until you get your mojo back. Trust me, you will!

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

When I get in a rut, I stop trying to force it and take a break. Whether its a day or a week, I can find fresh inspiration by getting out into the "real" world. Bring a camera along and take some interesting photos - then build a hub around what you find. :)

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Radioguy 5 years ago from Maine

The first step would be to have a backlog of ideas. Take some time off from writing and explore your interests. Jot down any and all ideas you may have. You might "milk" a hub idea. I wrote a hub on female country singers and found it took me in other areas of country music from which I could develop other hubs. I often get ideas from watching television. A recipe hub now and then can get you back on track. Once you have a list of 3 or 4 potential ideas you should be fine. Always think a hub or two ahead of yourself. Good Luck! Ted

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KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

I feel your pain. I've had a difficult year in the way of family emergencies, and I was shocked when I suddenly din't feel like writing anymore. I had been a writing fiend for about 6 years, and then - just nothing. I've been busy otherwise, and I'm just waiting for it to "come back."

Good luck to you, and to all of us!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Congrats on your one year at HubPages. I think we all suffer from writers block at one time or another or over and over again. When this happens to me I tend to read more of what others are writing about, or I write a silly poem. You'll get it back, just don't fret over it.

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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

You just talked your way through your writers block with some stream of consciousness musings. Congratulations on a new hub and on one year here.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Good to see you back and congrats! The breakthrough is coming.

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You are a writer, CMerritt. You are experiencing the same quirk all writer's experience. I notice this especially with painting. As long as I keep painting, I've got my mojo. As soon as I take a break, I then begin with self-doubt. I am paralyzed by the fear that as soon as I resume, I'll ruin everything. I haven't painted in a while, despite the fact that I think about it alot. I am now convinced my past artwork is a fluke and if I try again, I'll confirm my fear.

But, one day, when the time is right, I will pick up my brushes and paints again. Forcing it feels wrong. Then, it will lose its magic and become just another task.

Relax, and know that you are an artist. You just proved it again, right here and now.

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi CMerritt

Congratulations on one year on hubpages.

Don't try to force your writing. Accept that you are having writer's block and this too shall pass.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I truly appreciate everyone of these comments. You guys are the best and I feel blessed that you all have taken the time to share with me.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Chris, burn a blunt and set back, when everything else fails LOL, I'm grinding into my 3rd year and you can tell I might have taken that thought toooooooo far, peace dust

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

You have done the right thing and written another hub! That is what I do when the inspiration and the words seems to be gone. For some reason it helps! Congratulations to one year at hubpages!


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Dusty...YOU are a riot, and I appreciate you.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author


Thank you and I hope I am back in the saddle, but WHO knows...lol

I appreciate you commenting.

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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

have been in the rut before. Wait for the next wave. It is just a season.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks Tamarajo


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SusieQ42 5 years ago

That's what they say! Seasons come and seasons go...I'm glad to see you've just written another hub. Maybe that is all you needed to do. Just pitch in and go with it.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks Susie...I hope I can keep it going....I appreciate your comments.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Well, CM, happy anniversary. You will certainly come back true to form, ideas will return sponteneously. We will talk again... Cred2

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you cred, I DO appreciate your kind remarks....

you can count on more talk,



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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

I can sure relate to this, I also love when I can write down my thoughts and for me its been easiest to write about things I have done around the house or experienced. But too am in a bit of a rut when it comes to writing. I really enjoy being part of the hub community and I think for now the best thing I can do is read a lot of other peoples hubs, I really enjoy everything about HubPages! Eventually I will get inspired to write something new from the heart.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks carcro, I realize I am not the only one who struggles....but, like you I enjoyed so much reading others on hubpages....they are the ones who inspire me to write.

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Congrats on a year and I look forward to reading your work.

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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Congrats!!!! YaaaaaA, you've made so many accomplishments that perhaps you need a little rest... I know this feeling you clearly speak of... I don't think it's writer's block as much as the thinking process--Let me try explain--writing is our thoughts inside out, I find if I try to think what others might be interested in the flow no longer comes--simply write from your heart and before long you will find your flow again--I promise!!! Good luck my friend, the magic is there--it is!!!

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you thelyricwriter, I appreciate your support and I will be over soon to read more of yours.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Maggie, I alway appreciate any advise you have to give. I am a big fan of yours, and your words do mean much to me.



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lucybell21 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

I am new here and I have been reading your hubs, and they are wonderful. I guess we all get in a rut at times. I have written on other sites and felt the same way. I get an idea, then lose it or don't have time to write, then I forget what it was I was going to write about. I'm sure when the spark hits you will write a great new hub.

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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hi Chris, I felt just like you feel now a short while ago, so I decided to go over some of my old hubs and OMG did they need it; to look if they could be improved. This in a way inspired to give my poetry writing another chance and I stumbled upon a poem by AA Zavala which has caused a stir here at hub land. Take a look and see the challenge he has come up with, hope you think about joining us and that the old grey matter is working those fingers again very soon.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you Lucy and I am pleased to meet you and appreciate your comments.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi bluestar and thanks for sharing with me. I will do as you told me too and check our AA Zavala, I am a follwer.



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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Fun hub! Hopefully your rut is over! :))

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks Sunshine, I think it kind of, sort of is...I wrote one recently, but I'm kind of back to where I was...but, I'm not sweating it though, it will slowly come back...

I appreciate you following me and your comment



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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I always find merit in your writing Mr. Merritt and as I always say if you write from the heart the mind will always follow - and you succeed very well on both fronts......lake erie time ontario canada 12:28am

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feenix 5 years ago

Hey, CM,

I hope this is some consolation to you but every time I write, it is a real struggle. And quite frequently, I hit what is commonly referred to as writer's block.

However, because I do love to write, I have learned to accept the bitter with the sweet, so far as the craft is concerned.

And one more thing. I am very grateful to have your friendship here on HubPages. I really do like you as a person and I admire and respect you very much.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Feenix, your comments are very much appreciated, I too have great deal of respect for you and am very grateful for your friendship.

It seems that I am not the only one who struggles sometimes with writing...lol.

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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

I enjoyed this very much. It was clever and mood enhancing. I never get writers block, but my main gig is art and that is a different story.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks WD, maybe you could share some of your art on here sometime.

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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

I have some paintings on a couple of hubs. They are the first thing you see. You don't even have to read the hub if you are busy. More to come.

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geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

Try the new dragon software. It writes down what you say, so if thoughts are running around up there this will allow you to simply speak out and see it in print. If you don't like what you see you can always delete before publishing.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi geordmc, I have never heard of that software, but it sounds ingriguing. Have you used it?


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I know how you feel, Chris. I have been trying to write short stories, but I either get stuck or life gets busy. I do have the Dragon iPhone app, and it is nice when I am busy and something hits me. I just tap the app, speak into my phone, and e-mail it to myself. Sometimes it is just finding time to get to it but when we are so busy, our creative juices just aren't flowing. BUT we never give up. Reading the comments from others (above) is encoraging and inspirational to me. Good luck!! :-)

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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

I am so sorry that you are feeling stuck--if that is the right word. But I am there often enough myself and have come to treasure the times that words just spill out. I have so many poems now about writer's block because I just write about my writer's block when nothing else flows. We all have to find a way to deal with it when it comes--hang in there and congrats on writing a great hub--

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@sholland10 and AudreyHowitt,

I thank both of you for being kind enough to stop and comment...I'm slowly pulling out of it. Just finding the time to do it is my biggest problem.

I wish you both a happy day.


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I see this hub is past its prime because you've written a few since, but it definitely echoes my problem - except in my case, I know what causes my unable-to-write episodes. Whatever is blocking you eventually gets unblocked (what is this, a fiber commercial?) but these times are so incredibly tough to go through because you KNOW you can write great stuff. Good to see someone else suffering - er, I mean that I'm happy I'm not the only one! Ha ha!

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Alexander,

hey, glad to have you...it IS encouraging to hear that OTHERS struggle sometimes too....

Thanks for the support,


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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Gosh CMerritt I'm glad I'm not the only one! Plus it's hard to find the time. Thanks for this article.

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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi EA,

I still struggle most of the time, I'm not a writer by nature....but, I love it when I DO find the time and the words....

I appreciate your words.


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