For some while I've been writing stories, given them the spelling, grammar, and plot structure once-over, and then hurling them at editors like sloppily-crafted plasma bolts. This has been great practice: I've got a whole wack of stories on the marketplace at the moment, I am inured against rejection, and it left a lot of time for me to focus on writing, rather than re-writing.
However, Stephen King's musings in "On Writing" got me thinking about establishing a fermentation process. King specifically addresses this to the process of book-writing, and suggests a six-week period to let your mind forget the story so that when you return to it, you'll have a fresh mind able to make new insights.
I fully intend to apply this process to my novel-in-progress, but it's also got me thinking about short stories. Although I've adopted a "never look back" attitude to the stories I've written, sometimes I have to open those files--usually to make some kind of format change for a new submission. And I usually see something that makes me think: "Oooh... bad move, past-Ben."
Hopefully, the new folder in my writing directory--FERMENTATION--will prove fruitful (and won't explode in my face like a homemade still). Although it will slow down my turnover, I think that if I rein myself in to a six-week-later once-over, rather than a six-week-later do-over, the result should be better product all around.