Copy editors focus on the mechanics, intricacies, and nuances of editorial style, punctuation, grammar, and editorial decision-making. I am always learning from the wealth of information I have been able to glean from my more experienced colleagues. But the writer and writing teacher in me often shakes her head at some of the copyediting debates and conversations I have read online because I want to hear more about how editors think about writing, and not just about the flaws they perceive in a particular piece of writing or sentence or paragraph.
Of late, I’ve been concerned about perceptions of an editor’s role as confined to fussing over commas and capitalization, when I see it as so much more. In this blog I will be sharing my thoughts as both a writer and an editor to show how the two inform each other in my own practice of editing (and writing).