I learned in graduate school that I had gotten by for years in school without ever attempting a second draft. My modus operandus was to write one, perfect first draft. Something complete and ready for submission. This isn't how it should work, but it's how I managed to survive through school and undergraduate college.
This process allows you to procrastinate. If you're only ever doing one draft, you never have to edit. You only have to do the readings, know what you're going to talk about, and paint it onto the page.
Nothing works this way, and the quality of my work probably suffered from it.
Since graduate school, I've learned how to edit research papers, and I've somewhat translated this skill to short story-writing. Novel-writing is another animal.
I may be anxious about reading my own work. Or I may be anxious about making it worse. Or maybe I'm anxious because I wasn't able to write well the first time. I'm not sure what's wrong, but I need to get over this. I've been doing more editing of my own work lately, and it's been a rough process. My stomach clenches like a fist just thinking about it. It's difficult to resist the urge to delete the entire document and start from scratch.
How do you get yourself to sit down and edit? How do you stop yourself from rewriting? What's your self-editing method? Are you a procrastinating first-drafter like myself? If you've managed to change, how'd you do it?