I enjoy the tightness of language and economy of words demanded by the short story form – a contained opportunity to explore a theme and then move on. Often I'll pen a story when in need of a break from the lengthier business of novel writing. Writing short stories has also been a great way to hone my craft. Tossing aside a short piece and starting again is definitely easier than discarding a sixty-thousand-word novel!
When I get an idea for a story – usually in the wee hours – I have to get the bones of the story down while the impetus is still strong. If I don't, the emotion behind the idea seems to dissipate and I find myself with a few random words jotted down on a scrap piece of paper.
Occasionally, a vague notion will lurk in my mind for many months before a story suddenly declares itself.
A number of my short stories have been broadcast on National Radio, and I have had success in several local writing competitions. My work has also been published in literary journals and newspapers.
Please feel free to listen to the radio stories below (you may need to enable the Quicktime plugin for your browser):
The Bottom Line(Broadcast National Radio)*
The Oath (Broadcast National Radio)*
ARTICLE: My take on How Short Story Writing Can Help With Writing Novels