The Tuesday afternoon chat was going well, and we agreed amongst ourselves to have an informal writing exercise every week. Chatters are free to participate or not, and to ask for critique or not.
The criteria for the exercise are posted and pinned in the chat room. Chatters are encouraged to post their exercises on their blogs (or other website) and then share the link in chat. If the chatter has no blog or other website, then we appreciate other methods of sharing text, such as Google Docs or Pastebin, that allow only a link to be shared, so that we don't drown the chat room with pasted text.
Chatters who post on their blogs may optionally include the following site-promotional boilerplate, provided to us by Mr.Shiny and New:
This blog post is a writing exercise from writers.stackexchange.com. Visit the Writers chat room every Tuesday for new writing exercises. This week's exercise: [the text of the exercise]
This post will be updated with the current exercise.
In the final August chat, we did a speed writing exercise (ten minutes, wriet as much as you want on a surprise topic). We enjoyed it so much, we decided to do one or two of these every week—live in chat!