I've been writing steadily for three years now, with only a few hiatuses, so it is safe to say that I am still very much a novice. In the beginning I tried writing novels, but they never got finished. Since then I've written a dozen short stories, the next better than the previous, and recently I tpicked up poetry. Still, a novel trumps them all. You cannot beat the feeling of reading a well written novel where thinks transpire into something much greater than you could ever have imagined. I view myself as an intuitive writer. I don't spend much time on planning, and I often find that when I plan, I end up writing something entirely different anyway. So I came to the conclusion that I'm not so much interested in telling a story as I am in love with the language. Written words are a beauty. Thus, I've spent a lot of time trying to paint pictures with words, instead of telling stories. So my descriptive language isn't what is lacking, I just simply lack the idea to properly tailor a story. I attribute it to my lack of life experience, as a lot of great works are heavily influenced by personal experience. Has anyone been a similar position, and did you get out of it?