Thanks for taking the time to read my questions and I look forward to your responses. 1. When you write, what are some ways you come up with ideas for short stories? 2. Do you brainstorm and try to come up with ideas from scratch or do you wait for inspiration? 3. When starting a new story, do you have an idea of what you are going to write before you sit down or do you just start writing whatever is in your head? 4. Other than length, what is the difference between a short story and a novel? 5. I feel that some ideas are too big for a short story. How do you identify those ideas before its too late and you've written 25 pages of a novel that you have no intention of writing in the first place?