“When you write the first draft of your manuscript, you more than likely are not doing any editing. Very few authors do as it can be very distracting and keeps them from writing the guts of the story and focusing on the story-line. The first draft is just getting the main ideas laid down on paper. That means that the editing begins with the second draft”.
“Self-editing is one of the most important aspects of writing. It is where the author examines his story closely and begins to chisel away at the rough edges and add colour where needed. It might take longer to go through a second draft than it was to write the first one, because the details are now focused.”