I took a creative writing course a few years ago. The book — called “The 3 A.M. Epiphany” by Brian Kiteley — we used as a reference had bunches of writing exercises/prompts as well as how-to-advice. I found it very difficult to limit my exercise to the words specified in the exercise, and ended up turning a bunch of these exercises into short stories. I’ll post some of them here, starting with the ones I entered in Writer’s Digest 2011 Short Short Story Contest. I didn’t win anything, but I’d love to get some feedback from people about my work.