|Most of my stories begin life as a word sketch. I take a word, sound or an image and use it as a prompt to write something, itís an exercise. Sometimes I end up with a full-length story and sometimes I end up with a series of snippets and scenes that help me build stories, but which arenít complete stories in themselves. Some of the scenes may never find their way into a story, but still have some worth as a piece of flash fiction. Writing short scenes can be a good way of getting to know your characters better and a way of giving them a history.