Hello Sixers. This is kind of a plug, I've got a short Flash piece up that is part of a Flash Fiction challenge - I had to take somebody else's opening paragraph and build a story off of it. My piece is called Liquid Silver and can be found here: http://www.powderburnflash.com/?q=node/257
Aside from wanting people to read my story, I'm also posting because exercises like this can really pull your writing out into different styles and places, so I suggest you try it. I was surprised at the direction this story took based on what I was given, I think it's good to stretch your fingers now and then.
And while you're on Powderburn, check out our very own Paul Brazill's Red Winter. Our Brit in Polish clothing has written a beautiful, tensely drawn thriller that should not be missed.
Have you had any experiences with exercises that taught you something new or inspired you to write differently?