Not being the most patient person around I haven't been able to spot any general thoughts about how long a person should wait after writing a first draft of a short story before a review. I have seen a few comments about waiting many weeks before reviewing your first draft of a novel to get a fresh look at it, but is this much time necessary for a short story as well? I ultimately hope to write a sci-fi novel, but many have suggested trying a short story first to get the hang of the process, etc. so I have been working on that. Now that I have a short story in its first draft condition should I be doing other things for a significant time before doing the next review and revamp? With a short story it just seems that there isn't as much to need modification in terms of continuity, etc. so maybe no pause is really needed. BTW, my short story is 4070 words long in the first draft, if that makes any difference in anyone's replies. I am anxious to post it on the sci-fi workshop threads, have to figure out how to do that of course, but I also want to be sure I have given it my best effort as well. The critiques offered on this forum seem to be very useful since self critique is not really a strong suite for me.