I've been working on a horror novel for the past ten or so days, and got healthily into it, thank you very much. I've just come to the end of a bit where I think I can comfortably now draw a line and say, that's the end of chapter one. It's a cliff-hanger, too, so I have to go back to it to continue.
I now need a break from the novel, even if only for a day or two. Therefore I've been writing a short Christmas horror story which I am thinking of submitting to an ezine. I think stories are going to be the way forward, short term, novels long term. Until I'm a successful novelist and working full time on the tomes (I wish!), it's important to plug away at the short stories to practice the writing craft as well. After all, stories is where most of my experience in writing thus far comes from. It also wouldn't hurt (if successful in getting a few stories accepted out there) for the writing CV.
So here's a change of direction. Still bashing away at the novel, but also now going to work on getting back into writing stories: My new revised goal is to finish writing a novel by the time I'm thirty (less than six months to go), and get a few stories accepted by then too.