Do you think there is a distinction between novelists and short story writers? Can novelists develop short stories from either an existing or an in-the-works novel? Can a short story writer develop a short story into a novel? What are your personal experiences?
-Admiral Witty P. Bard
Yes to all of your questions. I love writing short stories, and have had a few published. They're a great way of honing your craft. I wrote a short story from a scene in one of my longer novels, plus, my second Steampunk series started off as a short story.