I remember when I first started writing my 3 (unfinished) novels and looked at where I was and where I needed to get in order to call what I was writing a novel. It was daunting and scary. But put in perspective, it's not actually that daunting. During my time on this forum alone, I've written 25,000 words. That's half of a short novel and a quarter of a long novel. The only really scary part is writing that number of words for only ONE story.