You know what? I've never edited before.
At least, not really.
When I write, I have a strict process.
Step One: I think up everything I can. I write character bios, personality traits, and look under those rocks for any little bit I should know.
Step Two: I write the basic story out of paper. It is basically the novel, but without some added materials. As I think up stuff I should've added in two chapters back. I write it as a margin (You can imagine how messy my notebook would look once I finish the book!). Once I complete the book, or come close, to have nothing else to do, I start step three.
Step Three: I transfer the writing over to a word document. There, I add more description, polish off characters and dialog, add in those should'a-said-two-chapters-ago things. Once finished there, I can only speculate process four. I have never actually finished Step three. Normally, I get there, realize the story has way to many holes, or I just need to set it aside until further inspiration hits. Or, maybe I never pick it back up.
I suppose real editing would be step four. But, as said, I've never been there.
But I will, someday.
Ellyn, I think this is a really grand idea, I can't WAIT for the next topic!