I have lots of scenarios and ficlets in my head (and in my many fic notebooks as well) but each one of them feels to me like a stand alone which I want to extend into a longer story.
And therein lies my problem. And is an explanation for why I have so many WIPs (which bug me as much as they do anyone who's reading them).
I get a scenario in my head, I write it, then my brain wants me to write more of it and show how the characters and situations developed - for example, I have a Dean/Faith ficlet I'm working on right now, but the scenario as I'm writing it is of an established... well, not 'relationship' in the traditional sense of the word, but they've met and interacted before the thing I'm writing happens.
It's short, it's punchy, it kinda works, but I want to show how they met, I want to show their history, and potentially their future.
Same with another fic I have on the go - a Bela centric short one-piece. (Wench, this is the one you've seen the first few paragraphs of.) Because of its nature it needs to be short and punchy, but when the reveal is made I want to explore it more but that will destroy the impact.
So here, finally, is the question.
Should I trust myself and my readers (you guys) to be able to see the world I've built in my head, or do I expand the stories and show that world?
I have a feeling I know the answer, so a secondary question is this: how do I stop myself from losing the impact?
I'm flaily. I may be getting used to this not getting out of bed until after the time I used to have been at work for an hour...