There's an interesting post from David B. Coe on writerly ambition on the Magical Words blog. Interesting to me, particulary because I had just come to the opposite conclusion.
I may have mentioned that I consider myself a natural short story person. But this hasn't stopped me from having a stab at the longer length. I want to be able to do both. In an encouraging turn of events I am managing to write at a 10K-20K length. (I'll get there in the end.)
But novel length is still proving difficult. Recently, after reading a best selling urban fantasy, I came to the conclusion that my novel attempts were too ambitious: too many point of views, too much dancing in the time flow, too much metaphysics (metaphysics answer the big question about life. I mean what's it all about, really)?
So, I've come up with a wheeze to attempt a straight-forward first person, linear science fiction novel, with only a sprinkling of metaphysics and a smattering of sex, sort of urban science fiction.
So, I guess the trick is to match your creative ambition to your skill level, or just beyond it. What do you think readers? Do you push yourself creatively speaking? Ever tried to run before you could walk?