The Art of Editing is a post written by J. A. Hennrikus for the blog Live to Write – Write to Live (click on the link for the full article). She talks about the role of a good editor, and how the art of editing is approached. One of the things Hennrikus stresses is that an editor never, NEVER makes a writer feel bad about what they have written.
This post is written from the writer’s perspective rather than from the editor’s perspective, which I found interesting. Getting feedback on a piece of written work “can either be empowering, or gutting,” according to Hennrikus. The role of an editor is to point out the parts that do not work, or the parts that should be changed, without “gutting” the writer. It can be hard to strike the right balance.