Well, I barely write short stories. I’ve written and managed to finish one short story ever.
I really should write short stories more, but I am so hardheaded and impatient that I just wanna write a novel and have it unfinished.
Let me comment.
I feel like writing short stories improves someones writing. Given what your main story is on and what weaknesses you notice you can improve your writing if you practice. It also takes the ability to take criticism from others. I practice writing if it has to do with my main book. Like I am struggling with writing a male character and how he would respond to emotion etc. So I will practice by writing shorties and feeling other different emotions in a male char.
What do you want to accomplish with writing? because most people want to become famous etc from it.
The reality check most people need is that you need to be open to change especially when it comes to writing. I have met some people who get critiques legit ones and be like no your wrong my writing is fine etc. Or your bullying me etc.