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If you've written good (I mean really good) short stories, you've accomplished something more difficult than writing a novel, in my view. It's harder to write a good string quartet than a good symphony. Look at Steven King. All you have to do to write half-way decent fiction is to write a lot and not care too much that it's not great. Writing a thousand words in a day is easy. Just do that for a few months and you'll have a first draft. If you finish the first draft, revising it will be a piece of cake.

Actually, King writes really great short stories!

-mapletree
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