As writers, we tend to lock ourselves into routines - believing that if we sit in this one spot, write at this particular desk, block out this specific time every day... that we'll accomplish this task, this piece of work, the next great novel.
But it is this routine that is the death of our creativity.
Creativity needs differential circumstances to thrive, to blossom. It requires strength, change, and flexibility. As authors, we need to change things up, to put ourselves into new and different situations, witness different events in time and history. We have to push boundaries, experience the outer levels of our comfort zones - and walk right through the walls we put up to avoid awkwardness and pain.
I have been in a rut. I have allowed myself to fall victim to routine, to habit. And my writing has begun to suffer for it, which - in turn - has caused me to suffer for it. Habit is the death of a creative soul. It shrouds us in self-doubt, betraying our instincts and harboring that horrible monster we so call Writers' Block.
We write from experience - without it, we have no muse - no well of inspiration. Whether we admit it or not, every person we meet, every place we visit, works its way into our stories. Everything we see, do, taste, touch, smell, and most of all feel - winds up giving us something to write about.
Realizing you've fallen victim to the staleness of routine is the easy part... changing it is where the difficulty comes into play.
Don't let yourself limit your work because you're too afraid of what lies out there - beyond routine, beyond habit. Change, do, think...
It's the best thing that you can do for your work.