Some while later . . . I have spent some time this morning having a look at some of the material I have written, and one longer piece in particular stands out a good deal more than the rest and that seems the piece that I should concentrate on more. There is certainly no point in starting on fresh material when what I already have needs work on it.
I think on further reflection I would much rather write a really decent set of short stories than some poor, over-written, badly-plotted novel. I'm more concerned about STORY and the quality of the plot than some half-baked, long-winded piece that will bore the pants off whoever reads it.