There are many writers, who specialize in short stories, many of whom have never finished novels, that say the short story is harder than writing a novel, because you have to be selective in your words, whereas in novels you can write on and on. I totally disagree with that sentinment. Just because you might have to be more concise in description doesn't mean that the afternoon's work of writing a short has anything on the massive effort of writing a novel. A novel requires countless facets of characterization, structure, and pace excercized ad nauseum, whereas most short stories can usually get away with any sort of terse stylstic concept an author could concieve at the spur of a moment. A novel requires so much more intense writing, and with a short story can just disregard just throw out all the long contexualization and exposition and get to the meat of a narrtive. Forgive this metaphor, but it's a lot easier to finish a roast without having devoured a lot of appetizers. What do you think?