This may or may not take off but I wanted to put it out here and see how it works out. A place where a piece of writing advice, given by a successful author, can be discussed, analyzed or just strait out shunned. I will start with... Ray Bradbury Don’t start out writing novels. They take too long. Begin your writing life instead by cranking out “a hell of a lot of short stories,” as many as one per week. Take a year to do it; he claims that it simply isn’t possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row I like this but still am conflicted. I want to do both but I am also impatient. And I think it is better advice for younger writers who have a lot of time write but not so much for someone who is past his mid 30's and just starting out.