I haven't started a writing exercise in a few weeks -- sorry life's been busy....
but this time I'll let you guys choose the topic of the exercise - first one with a good topic (preferrably something easy to explain and short so i can fit in the headline) i'll use and second place i'll use for another week -i'm going to try to return to doing these weekly
Here are the rules for these writing challenges
The rules here are pretty basic: I, or someone else, picks the topic. You write about it for 10 minutes and then must stop.
The time must be spent writing, not editing.
Editing is a no-no in this exercise. The idea is to make your inner editor shut up. Everyone who writes is asked to provide constructive criticism for all other writers.
A detailed essay on why exercises like this work and are good for you is here.
More food for thought for writers is here (about Peter Elbow and Annie Dillard) and here (listening matters!)
Links to other writing advice and writing experiments are available via the writing advice group
You can find other writing exercises here