Hello again. This comes dangerously close to another thread I made concerning writing more than two stories at once. But I think it's distinct enough. The question: is it 'better' to work on one larger work, novel or novella, or make a name through shorts? I wrote personally for about 15 years, but I've finally started writing shorts with the express purpose of sending them to magazines. It's all fairly new to me, but very worthwhile as I've received some feedback from these publications. In this route or path, call it A, I want to at least break out of the personal writing bubble. Shorts are obviously much easier to do this than longer forms. Path B, novels and novellas, is much more personal to me. I've attempted a few novellas over the years, but none were ever completed. I have a story idea which, to be frank, I want to write before I die. Ever the 'death acceptance' reflector, that's the reason I'm wondering if I should spend my time on shorts or a novella. I just don't exactly know what is better in the long term. I know this is all subjective, but just wondering if anyone has had similar thoughts. Essentially, should I focus on shorts to make a name for myself or work on a bigger personal project which probably might end up rubbish and never be seen apart from the two people for which it'll be intended? Or, sanity not included, should I just attempt both? The problem is that I see both as almost equal in value. And I'm aware some of you are capable of writing whole novels in a few months! Edit: Lastly, I think that I should start the novella project as, as I say, it will probably require revisions for years to come until I get it right, so why not start now and just work on shorts intermittently? I may have answered my own question. Edit: A crucial thing I forgot. I don't usually like doing two separate projects at once, hence the desire to allocate time more efficiently. Thanks for reading.