flash! flash! flash! flash!
also, short story. But something about the accessibility of flash - the speed and intensity - is just too appealing.
I'm new but so far short story is my preference
Short story, every day of the week. The idea of writing a novel scares me half to death, but I do sometimes get the itch to extend my short stories, so I think--eventually--I will make it down that road at some point in my writing career.
I think that some stories demand more space to develop. I've read a handful of stories (and probably written a few too) where the ending doesn't feel "earned." I'm waiting for the idea that is going to take a novel's worth of words to write in that length.
I've never really got the hang of proper short stories unless they're fanfiction and I used to prefer long books definitely but since writing my own novella I've started to enjoy those more
I have a hard time with flash fiction (although I've written a few FF pieces). I like short stories a lot, but I also feel like there's nothing like a properly structured novel.
I agree with you, evanjamessheldon, that a story needs space to develop. I can wrestle with pacing sometimes, and when that happens, it feels like the short story is asking to be made into a novella. Other times, I find the same message can be said in a short story. Mostly, it depends on content and what it takes for the character to come around. Sometimes they don't come around at all.
I just write what I need to in order to tell the story. My first story was a novel. About 45,000 words. My second story, under a pseudonym, is a novella about 18,000 words. It really all depends on what you need to tell a story. I’m not a fan of feeling like you HAVE to write x number of words, or stay within a specific limit. I believe you tell your story. If it ends up a short story or flash fiction, great! If it ends up a novel, that’s great too! Just tell your story. Don’t worry about how many words it takes.
I can't fit the whole story in to short of a word count and it just becomes long. I tend to stick with novels because of it. My style is just more poetic and description based> Not to say I can't write short, I just don't enjoy it as much.
I prefer to write in serial format, 800-100 words per episode/chapter and have a collection of short stories, since I'm not the type of person to write 20 pages per chapter.
As a college student, we're encouraged to write mostly short stories so I feel like that's what I'm familiar with and ultimately love writing. But ultimately I think it's about choosing what feels right for the topic you're writing about. Some ideas need more space, so putting them in a longer format is a better idea.
Definitely a novel. Wrote a few short stories, but prefer novels.