Over the last few years I’ve gotten better at writing short stories. I have always loved to write but it”s never been a serious pursuit; and it’s still not. Not really. Most of my time is spent at work as a teacher, or at home with my family, or in my garden. I’ve been entering some writing competitions recently and have set up this site so I can share the stories I write.
At the school where I teach I have established a creative writing competition run using a similar format to the NYC Midnight competition with a lot of success. There’s a real buzz when genre assignments are posted on the noticeboard. In the new Australian HSC English syllabus there is a focus on reading to write and the craft of writing. A story idea can come from anywhere- stories can grow from a series of images, take shape from a throw-away line, borrow an idea from a different work or can jump out from a jumbled whiteboard brainstorm.
The title of my site is taken from an idea in Salman Rushdie’s ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ where the characters travel to a secret moon covered in an ocean of stories, dip a cup in a swirling stream, and learn that no two stories are the same. Happy reading and writing.