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As a Lulu author, you most likely use Lulu to publish and print long-form books. For a fiction author, this probably means novels are your main form of content.
Stemming from this, you might think that you should just keep writing novels. Writing short stories is basically just practicing for writing a novel anyway, right?
In a way that’s true. Writing short stories is a great way to prepare yourself for a longer and more involved project. But just because you’ve written a novel, it does not mean you should eschew short fiction entirely.
On the contrary, short fiction will remain some of the most important and beneficial work you can do. Not only does it keep you writing, it demands a number of structural limitations a novel can often avoid. Writing short fiction often is like exercise for your writing muscles.
Think about it like this: does a professional athlete achieve a spot with a pro team, or win a competition, then simply stop training? No, of course not. These athletes train relentlessly. If you want to take your writing to the next level, you’ll need to train for it. Short fiction is the training regimen you need!