I'm having one of those moments. It's a bit like those self-doubt moments but not as bad.
When I first started writing short stories (seriously, rather than just for fun) it was as much as I could do to make 1000 words. The thought of a 2000 word story would have had me shaking my head in disbelief.
Over the years I've gradually increased that figure. First it was 1200, then 1500, 1800, 2000. But now my problem is trying to keep to under 2000 words. Basically I'm failing. I think my brain and fingers are working to their own plan and consider 2500+ quite okay.
My other difficulty is that my ideas just don't stay small enough, they keep wanting to turn into much bigger projects. Okay I won't be short of ideas but it isn't helping me write shorter stories.
Perhaps I let my imagination run away with my ideas and I need to exert more control.
Maybe I need to work on one of my longer projects for a while- it's happened that way before.
Perhaps some writers are short story writers and don't want to produce a novel, so it's not unreasonable to assume there will be some for whom the reverse is true and those who want to do both.
I want to do both, but I'm realistic enough to know that if I can't get the short story right, then a successful novel is going to be even more difficult.
Well, back to the short story editing.
One day, one day...