Last week we held the AYE conference. Attending bloggers (in random order) were: Ron Pihlgren, Esther Derby, James Bach, Don Gray, Steve Smith, Tim Bacon, Rachel Davies, Dave Hoover, Dave Pickett, and Dave Liebreich. I hope I didn't forget anyone.
One of the highlights for me was the writing workshop. We practiced several timed writing exercises. Timed writing works because if you don't have a lot of time, the evil editor sitting on your shoulder keeps quiet. Without the editor, your passion comes through. What you write may not be of final draft quality — but that doesn't matter. You've found the passion and the energy, so when you review, edit, and rewrite, you've got a wonderful piece. I use timed writing as an exercise frequently in my writing. It's one technique I use to get started when I'm feeling un-creative.