1. Do you think that some writers are inherently “short story writers” and others are inherently “novel writers”?
2. If you believe that’s true, are the writers of one form incapable of writing the other to a base level of competence, or is it just that they’re really a lot better at a single form and should devote all their time to it? If not, what do you think about length as a factor in writing?
3. Is the division between short story writers and novelists an artificial one? (Well, I mean besides the fact that it is.) Why do you think the idea is perpetuated?
4. If you’re a writer, do you consider yourself to be either a short story writer or a novelist, or both, or neither?
5. If you’re a reader or a writer, do you prefer to read short stories, novels, or both, or neither?
6. What do you think is the real difference between the two forms? Length alone, or something else?