Would you say it's better to tackle a smaller scale project when unpublished? Something to get your name out there, and establish yourself before attempting large novels with multiple volumes. If one chooses to write a stand-alone novel, how extravagant should this be? Should one go all out and produce a 100,000 word dystopian manuscript that delves deeply into the psychology of a human and what it means to be a part of culture. Or just your basic adventure/mystery/thriller novel in a sense. You could argue that one should always aim high. But is it wise to "use up" fairly decent, original, ideas when you don't have as much experience as, say, a published writer would have? New innovative ideas will always arrive, but they don't come easily. Should I throw as many ideas that can fit into one project, or scatter them amongst many? Sometimes, I worry that if I don't tell the story soon enough someone else will beat me to it. Cheers & Love.