I'm currently re-reading one of my old incomplete fics because I finally have the inspiration to try to finish it. Unfortunately, it's been three years since I last worked on it, and while I have notes on what's supposed to happen next, I can't remember all of the fine details and foreshadowing I put in earlier. I decided I can't really finish this monster of an epic until I re-read everything, so I'm in the process of doing that... whilst taking notes, school-style, on it. It's an odd feeling. I'm excited to go through it (though the 767 page count is freaking me out a little - this is going to be a lengthy process before I finally get back to writing it). The more I read, the more I remember why I enjoyed writing it so much until I got too busy to continue. Though I'm also dreading it a little -- I know there are things that I would change, but I don't want to do a re-write. I had a very different writing style when I first started writing it and there are things (mostly phrasing and ways of setting up scenes rather than character or plot developments) that make me cringe. I get a similar feeling whenever I watch any video footage of myself acting or when I hear a recording of myself singing or speaking. I have an immediate desire to pounce on whatever I find unattractive about my work and fix it, even if there's nothing wrong with it. And it's just all a jumble of excited but embarrassed awkwardness that leaves me chuckling since I don't know what else to do. So, I'm wondering - what's your experience re-reading your work? Do you like to re-read your own stuff? Do you get the same enjoyment reading it as you do writing it? Or are we all overly self-critical?