I found myself in the same boat: never written anything, but more disposed towards the novel end of things. Then I took a creative writing class. I can write short stories now (though my creative writing teacher doesn't always like them... *evil grin*). Though now I've got a short story that I could extend into a novel and possibly even publish. That would be awesome!
In other words: don't worry about length. It's quality, not quantity that counts--no matter which direction the quantity leans in.
And that last remark almst deserves another "growing up" crack from Jeraliey...
Welcome! And I don't think writing a novel before you write shorts is necessarily a bad thing. Heck, I wrote a novel and a half before I started writing any shorts. Trouble is, I can't seem to get either of them published... Maybe I should send to more than 5 people, eh?
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I also am working on a novel, having written short stories only for writing classes. I find short stories more difficult to write than novels. I think you'll do fine at whatever you put your heart into.
Taking on something too big, eh? Yeah, I felt that way as well. After two false starts on a novel, I finally decided to try my hand at shorts. Don't fret, you'll find your niche. It just takes time. And I guarantee, you won't find friendlier help than you'll recieve here. Welcome!
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