So you've endured the self-flagellation that is short fiction writing. Bravissima! Your story is complete, your welts will heal, and you're itchin' to start submitting to literary magazines. But please, hold your horses! You haven't suffered enough yet: that baby-faced story you just delivered still has to teethe, get potty trained, and learn to walk on its own. What you've got on your hands is a first draft, and it'll need to be revised—at least once—before you let any editors look down their noses at it.