With me it's about inspiration. Usually the words come tumbling out, but on the rare occasions they don't I always have fallback work ready to get my teeth into. Often if I find I am stalling on my main book, switching over to a short story can get the creative juices flowing again.
But where do you get the ideas for the short stories, you may ask?
Well, here's what I do. Every few months I pop over to the website of The Cover Collection. You can VISIT THE COVER COLLECTION HERE.
They have an awesome collection of pre-made covers for just £50, with many in a sale for just £30.
I buy a few, often using the titles that they have come up with, and I put them in a folder marked 'SHORT STORIES TO WRITE'.
I just bought another five. See what you think? It's hard not to be inspired, right?