Kind of a New author here, Need someone to guide me into the right direction
This is the incomplete story from an year ago:
And this is the new Short story/Prologue I wrote:
Should I continue this Short story as a novel? I need guidance on which style suits me the best.
I would really appreciate any kind of feedback!
If you do so, it doesn't mean that you're downgrading. Writing short stories is hard! Really hard, because you have to condense what you would usually write so that you don't mess up the pacing and make the reader feel lost. The real advantage is, that you can better discontinue or trash a short story, when your schedule or your ideas don't allow you to write more than exercises.
if I learned something about writing a webseries, it's that the further you come, the more time you spend on everything, rewriting because things don't align well, editing so long to kill continuality-errors, planning and executing character arcs, foreshadowing and preparing, and *eyes start to bleed*
If you want to write a series, be free to do so. If you love it, it's not work at all. But I gave my suggestion.
That said, I think this comes down to what kind of writer you want to be.
Do you want quick feedback/comments/reviews from a hopefully ever-growing reader base? If there's the chance that college and life cause you to go for large periods of time without writing, short stories give you greater flexibility. If you're wanting to keep up with a schedule for a growing reader base, then a novel may not be the best scenario if you're unsure you'll be able to keep up with it.
If however, you really want to finish a book, and you don't mind folks' reaction to chunks of time in between (I may or may not have large chunks between my posts...*cough* ahem...) then just go for it.
I've found that for me, it's actually best to work on more than one project at a time. If that fits for you, you could be working on your novel and when you encounter writer's block, or you don't have enough time to commit to it when you sit down on a particular day, work on a short story instead.
I'm not convinced there's a right answer to your question that works for everybody.
Furthermore, particularly if you're in college, you'll likely find that your style starts to evolve. You're at an age where we tend to change our priorities, and with them, our opinions. My high school writing was night and day compared to my college writing, and both of them are unrecognizable compared to my current style.
The biggest thing you can do as a writer, to ensure that you're a writer, is write :)