Here's an interesting point of view.
Recently, I discussed with a friend how when I work on a novel, my short story production almost vanishes. The worst part of losing track of the short story form due to such distractions, is that in many cases, I'm only writing one novel a year and more often than not, it takes at least three or four drafts before I have a story worth showing to anyone. (And that causes publishing issues for new writers.)
Short stories require the same amount of work, but I think they are quite essential to writers, for in the workings of a short story, a writer learns little tricks, so to speak, about plot and character development. It improves word choice and efficiency, and it trains a writer to stay interesting.
Most of all, since most of the writing classes I have taken involved writing shorter pieces of literature, losing touch with the short story form is often hindering. I want to prove myself as a writer, and I am judged by how well my short story, flash fiction, etc. turns out. After so long of writing in the novel form, I often have to write five or six shitty stories before I remember what the hell I am doing.
This hasn't been the longest or freshest of blogs, but I just thought it would be nice to influence other writers to keep up on the short story form. In the aftermath of NaNoWriMo, I realize, like me, many people are honing in on their novel craft. But when they are taking that ever-so necesarry breather, they should maybe try a short story out. If nothing else, it will take their minds off of the novel for a bit, which in turn gives them more energy to draft, draft, draft. And, of course, short stories are fun.
If you haven't viewed the Stephen King interview up above, do it. Very helpful in terms of a reminder.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.