Some writing advice for today from Mary Pipher:
Every day, observe something carefully, and then express your thoughts about it in different mediums--a personal essay, a poem, a story. Try different tones and styles, and take note of what sounds most natural for you. Eventually, you will be able to winnow out those that sound false. At the same time, you also can analyze your best writing, and ask yourself, What is working well in this piece?
--Mary Pipher, Writing to Change the World (Riverhead Books, 2006)