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As to whether it's harder to write... again, it depends. Some plots or characters are suited only for short stories, which others need novels to be fleshed out or simply to exist because they span so much. And I don't think every short story needs that little twist at the end. Some can work out very well simply being stories without having to subvert the readers' expectations.
Writing a short fiction is in itself a talent.
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I definitely read short fiction as well as novels, and I don't find short fiction to be lacking in depth or complexity. The two forms have different purposes and virtues. Some short stories I have read come closer to perfection than any other literature I know. They are just marvels of intricate but condensed art, with every word and sentence doing double or triple duty and suggestive of much more that remains unwritten.
In the writing vein. I never used to write short stories either, but I've never really finished any work of a great length and switched to short form and have been having moderate success with it. Short fiction comes with it's own pluses and minuses just like longer fiction in my opinion.
How can you have an opinion on the nature of short stories never having read one? Well, of course you can have an ill-informed and incorrect opinion ...
-Edgar Allan Poe
As for writing, I think that depends on the person, because for some it might come naturally. That's not to say that anyone can't get achieve being a writer, because you can always take creative classes, that helps an individual become a writer.
Short reads keep me focused at time