After writing a few decent short stories a few years ago, I've been busy doing other things. Now, finally, it seems inspiration has struck. I now have a very brief outline for what could conceivably be a decent novel. The only problem is that I don't really think my writing at present is up to the task. I've never mapped out a character's long term development before, I'm worried about getting the timing right in regards to building suspense... Any thoughts or ideas on what to do? I'm thinking maybe writing a few more shorts to get going again, maybe something I could build into the novel at some point? I know there is no surefire answer to the following, yet I have to ask: How does one know when one is ready to write a novel?