I have been writing on-off for several years now, starting to take things serious during NaNoWriMo 2010. Unfortunately, the routine never stuck - my NaNo novel was more of a disjointed collection of scenes and never completed. I have since started about a dozen different projects, many of which were supposed to be short stories for the purpose of practicing the craft. With each of these stories, though, it has been the same: at some point during their conception, I decided that maybe a short story would not be enough and I started spreading my ideas for a very rough plot that could fill a novel. As a result, I ended up with a dozen half-started projects, some plotted, some written spontaneously (I'm a pantser, but subject to the illusion that maybe plotting can help me get something done - so far, it failed), and no motivation whatsoever to finish either one. The reason: I have no idea where to start as all those projects are now HUGE. After graduating from university recently, I will soon start to work full-time. This might actually be the right time to set up a proper routine. However, I am struggling with this because the single most important piece is missing: a decent project. I don't want to start one of the big ones back up right now, simply because the disappointment of not moving forward may be too much. I also don't know how to properly design a short story so it REMAINS a short story. Many of the guides out there deal with novels, few with the intricacies of coming up with a somewhat concise, interesting story and not overloading it with ideas. I'd really appreciate any hints and advice to help me out of this and towards properly finishing my first story. Edit: I should probably also note that part of the problem is with me being very much able to devise billions of intriguing "high concept" premises but utterly faltering when trying to break those down into a decent story. Much of the standard advice seems pretty empty, and I have so far not found anything that really helped me connect a high concept premise with the detail of what to actually put in which scene and how to keep the story flowing right.