When I was 4, I attended a Montessori school. In the evaluations my teachers sent home they noted that I enjoyed spending time in the Practical Life area, cleaning and organizing.
When I was in middle school, I fell in love with diagramming sentences. It made so much sense to me, and everything I read parsed itself in front of my eyes – verbs here, nouns here. I adored seeing all of those sentences covered in the decor of diagramming.
When I worked at RESOLVE, Inc, I was a bit of a jack of all trades, but the work that brought me the most pleasure was reviewing fact sheets and articles for Family Building magazine, taking my green Sharpie to them with abandon, tearing up sentences and laying them back down carefully to let the meaning shine through.
There isn’t much in my life that I can control, and that frustrates me. Editing brings me peace and joy, a “sense of control in a world full of chaos.” I’m always editing as I read, getting stuck on typos and thinking of ways that messages could be more clear with a little rearranging or the help of a thesaurus. I underline word combinations that I admire. I spent hours considering the font and wording of our wedding invitations, trying desperately to find a combination that felt elegant and silly at once.
I think I love editing more than I love writing.
“A good editor doesn’t rewrite words, she rewires synapses.”
― S. Kelley Harrell