My last 2 short stories ended up being rather high on word and page count. And my last play went double than was required. Usually I can stay on word count...but lately I have been wanting to take my stories further Now I have a new idea, that has bugged me for about three days. So this would be the time I would start getting ready with research, outlining, character development, determining the plot and so on...to see if I can pull it off I just have this feeling that this project, like my last projects, is going to lead me to staggering page and word counts- too long for a short story. I feel like novel writing is for the "big boys". So I am intimidated by thinking that I would go into the novel world. Compared to most people I am pretty new at this. I am fresh out of two college creative writing classes, so I must be too inexperienced to take on a project of this size. Should I just hold off on the idea that is bugging me, and attempt some short stories or focus on my bad poetry? How do you know if you are ready for a novel?