Nancy, great point. In teaching lit we’re on the path of hermeneutics, or discovering meaning, whereas in editing we’re more on the path of poetics, that is, discovering the principles of how narrative works. But they are two sides of the same coin.
I agree that having a lot of curiosity about the world is a huge help for editors! The random things that I know and which have proven to be useful in the course of my career is really staggering when I think about it.
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