My editorial life is about helping people tell their stories. Helping them say what they are trying to say.
The goal is to make the projects better, more useful, and pleasant for the wider world of readers.
Sometimes the job resembles therapy.
One writer might need a hand to get past things that make him fearful or full of doubt. Another might require a subtle check on the runaway train that is her imagination.
My work might include diagramming the odd sentence, straightening misaligned metaphors, tidying structural messes, spotting spelling errors. When I judge, I try to do it gently.
It's a living.
When I find something like this formal "artist's statement"?
I'm torn. On the one hand, face-palm. Verbiage like this an affirmation for why there is a profession like mine.
On the other hand, gently massaging my forehead, I am just grateful that this didn't happen on my watch.
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