Thinking of writing a novel? According to novelist Lawrence Block, the novel is the place to start your writing efforts. Block argues that:
* The market for short fiction is gone
* A reasonably prolific novelist can earn a decent living.
* skill is less at a premium
* the idea is less important
Perhaps these last elements need explanation. We can all name a novel or two that was not well written, but told a good story. Skill at writing is not so important if you are a good storyteller.
Also, you have 90,000 words to get your idea across. You can come at it in many different ways. A short story writer has 2,000 words. A poet has 16 lines.