In September 2005 I developed the Whitman Creative Studies Program, which was designed to provide college students with the opportunity to flex their creative muscles. Since I was expecting the students to do three pieces of creative writing per week posted onto a blog, I thought that I should at least do the same. I decided to call my creative writing blog Stray Thoughts and Idle Suggestions and intentionally pushed myself to "get freaky" at times to inspire my students.
Now, I would never claim to be a great writer, and some of the pieces I wrote on the blog are incredibly lame. Still, the idea of forcing yourself to write creatively with no thoughts to how your writing will be received is a wonderful exercise and I would highly recommend it for just about anyone.