Silvia Morena-Garcia takes issue with attitudes to short fiction writing:
Short story writing is often touted as a stepping stone towards something better. Forums and blogs offering well-meaning advice to aspiring writers suggest cranking out a few short stories in order to reach that holy grail of writers, the novel.
When people meet me and ask what I’ve written, and I say short stories, they seem to lose interest.
I'm with Silvia on this one. Short Story writing is important, haters.