Just as a note, I would use the search function but as a rule I try not to dabble in thread necromancy. Does anyone else write short stories as a kind of training exercise before trying to pound out an entire novel? I have an idea for a novel and have completed numerous character profiles, plot outlines, etc. However, I still feel that my actual writing needs work. So I write short stories to hone my craft. Should I go ahead and write my novel now? Or should I continue to write short stories and keep climbing hills until I feel that I am ready to take on the mountain? Thanks in advance guys and gals.