Each draft allows you to see things in the story that you didn't see in the previous drafts. This is the experience I'm having with the short story that I'm writing now. I feel like I've been rewriting it for ages. I can't believe that when I was younger I hated the process of rewriting. I'm re-visioning the story, which is pretty cool.
I've thought of rewriting stories I've written as an undergraduate. Everyone has that one story that they can't get away from. I had two stories,one written in my undergraduate years and the second written before I went to graduate school two years ago. The second one I was able to rewrite and use it for my thesis and improve upon it. I will continue to improve upon it. But the first story is a little more difficult for some reason. I might try to rewrite it.
I'm excited to be doing all of this writing, almost as much as I did when I was in graduate school meeting the monthly deadlines.
While I'm writing and rewriting short stories, I have a novel that I've started to write. I'm a little fearful of the novel while a lot of people are fearful of the short story. The novel has been bugging me to write it just like a character who continues to haunt you until you write her or his story. Right now my novel is a collection of connected short stories, but I hope to turn those stories into chapters. I'm so excited that I'm finally writing my Hurricane Katrina story.