Wow! So many posts in one night. Impressive. I guess I should post something now, too.
One of my favorite writing exercises is writing an entire story in a limited amount of words. Depending on your mood and the amount of time you have, you can choose 100, 200, 250, 500, etc. It's a great exercise if you're trying to make your work more focused. If you think it's easy, it's not. Fun, yes. Easy, no. This story comes in at 95 words, not including the title.
“Darling, why don’t you pour our guest a drink?” he asked her. It was more command than question.
“No, no, Charles. I’m more than capable of fixing my own drink.” Her husband’s brother replied. As he walked towards the bar, though, he handed her his coat.
“Don’t be silly,” Charles replied clumsily, “you’re our guest.”
He sent Charles a smug look.
“I think we’re all a little closer than that.” His eyes turned deliberately towards hers.
She stood without saying a word, the light material of the coat suddenly feeling too heavy in her hands.