Iv done some research and have read that it is better to go ahead and write short stories... get them published so you can have some sort of publishing credit in the literarly journals. Then start your novel. When I first started writing I went straight to the novels. In the past few years I have 4 short stories that I have written but have never considered getting them published Just wondering what yalls perspective was on this concept. Would it be productive to start with the short stories. I saw a speech from an author who said it is better to spend a week on a short story for a year than it is to spend 3 years on a novel that is crap. Any thoughts?