I have a question to ask some writers that have switched from short stories to novel writing. How do you do it? I am trying to get some short stories published right now. But in the long run I want to write a novel. I just don't know how to do that dramatic switch. My longest story was 6000 words. And a novel needs to be 70k words. What keeps you interested long enough to keep writing about the same thing day in and day out? How do you discipline yourself to keep to it and not to give up? Then when you are finished with the novel. Do you ask your publishers to edit it? Do you need some one else to edit it for you? You can't do it all by yourself. Is the editing process different from the publishing process? I can't just post the whole thing here and let someone edit for me. Otherwise that would be considered a type of publishing. I don't really know what to do from here on out. I want to make this step and write a novel. I just don't know how.