Let me sing praises to all editors.
HOW DO YOU DO IT, YOU AMAZING PEOPLE?!?
I'm on the other side for the first time, editing for R. E. Vance his magical series called Paradise Lot (there are all kinds of mythical creatures in them, every single one you have ever heard of and more). Turns out, editing is hard work, dammit. It's so much harder than editing my own shit that it doesn't even compare. And though I have just started doing it this week (Or last week? Something...), it has already taught me a great deal about the process, both about editing for others and about my writing. And since Maximilian Majewski asked me to share, here you go.
1. You have to slip into the skin of the writer.
This is very hard for me to do. I want to cut and slash and hack and prune and strip and maim and butcher and crush. Alas, I can't do this. It's not my book, not my writing, not my style. All writers are selfish, including me. We love our stories. That's why we write them. When suddenly faced with the need to bow our heads to the story of another, we squirm and moan. Well, I do. Did. When I started. It's better now, I got used to it, but man, that was hard. Setting my own writing style aside. Editors, my respect.
2. You have to find not only bad stuff but good stuff too.