This is my first post, aside from my introduction, so forgive me if I have the wrong section or any other mistakes. I've read several books on writing, and in this case I am specifically referencing On Writing, by Stephen King. He suggests to work on writing shorter pieces and entering them into contests before working on a novel-length story. Basically, he claims that when you write a query letter to an agent/publisher, that if you have 'credentials' (for lack of a better word), you will be taken more seriously. Now, I have three or so short stories that I would consider polished and complete (some of which have been entered contests, fingers cross). While part of me feels like I should continue to work on building up a larger set of shorter, polished works, I find it hard to get excited about writing these shorter works. The few I've finished I believe have turned out really well (maybe I will post them here once I've earned some critiques), but I find it hard to get excited to write with the limitations posed by word limits (maybe that's a problem, I don't kn. I have some novel-length stories (one in particular that I'm really excited about) that I would like to continue working on, but I'm afraid that if I don't focus on shorter works to build up a portfolio of sorts, then I will have a harder time getting it taken seriously. BUT, this is what excites me... Anyway, I don't know. Sorry for the rambling. Any tips or advice would be helpful.